Black and white Molalla: Either you understand SUSTAINABILITY – or you don’t!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGeXdv-uPaw&feature=player_embedded

“* To preserve the magnificence of their homeland. The Havasupai people
and the homeland are inseparable. Preserving the land is a sacred responsibility.

* To protect their natural resources, both animal and plant life, that contribute
to their healing and spiritual direction.” – first two vision and value goals of the Havasupai Tribe of the Grand Canyon (entire list at the end of the posts: hint – there is NOTHING in their list that says that they have to sacrifice their sustainable quality of life so a few GREEDY MERCHANTS/LAND SPECULATORS can get enrich themselves at the expense of the majority!)

As if we didn’t have enough urgent reason to reform the failing patterns of American sprawl, recent foreclosure data shows that it was Ground Zero of the global economic crisis… Now the last remaining argument for sprawl — that it was affordable — is discredited...More sprawling areas are in much deeper financial trouble and will have even more staggering costs to face as more long-term costs of sprawl come due. ..  -Andres Duany and Michael Mehaffy (article follows post)

We are at a crossroads in the world – and especially in downtrodden, backwater, failed resource based bergs like Molalla. There is literally no place in Oregon that is more GROUND ZERO in foreclosure rates than low quality, ill-planned, jobless, sprawville Molalla! Cheap is as cheap does and CHEAP is catching up with Molalla!

The so-called “leaders” of Buckerooville will apparently never understand that the future can’t revolve around a handful of nasty, greedy good old boys at the expense of the taxpayers and the families who deserve a quality, sustainable place to live. Molalla’s LOL “leaders” still don’t understand that protecting natural resources and conservation measures add value to a community.

Molalla needs more housing like it needs a bigger sewer pipe into the River! Oh! I forgot! If Molalla stuffs in more CRAP HOUSING like the proposed Hart Street boondoggle it will eventually likely need a bigger sewer pipe and a lot more EXPENSIVE INFRASTRUCTURE it can’t possibly afford. But the idiots who promote the idea of a giant forest rd bypass and a scorched earth, million dollar SDC giveaway to build more Section 8 barracks housing in a town that can barely keep a storefront filled apparently don’t read the economic forecasts or understand that demographics absolutely DON’T favor boxcanyon sprawvilles for future growth.

So what’s next besides rolling up the few sidewalks (believe me, sidewalks are few and far between in backward Molalla!) and turning Molalla  into farmland? This quote says it all:

“More sprawling areas are in much deeper financial trouble and will have even more staggering costs to face as more long-term costs of sprawl come due…”

Get the “staggering costs” part yet, “leaders” and GREEDY TEAM? You sure didn’t get it when you SHOULD have been charging and saving SDCs for a rainy day. Now it is pouring misery and there is no hope to handle those coming “staggering costs come due”.

There’s always that idea from AA that you have to hit total rock bottom before you can pick yourself up and build a future based on reality and sanity. Molalla is pretty close to a staggering drunk in the gutter – the “leaders” just won’t admit it yet.

The depression is probably the best thing for clueless bergs like Molalla, because without “welfare” handouts coming to the so-called “city” from the Federal, State or County governments, the lack of money will make  Molalla’s reality trip to the gutter happen a lot sooner.

Let’s all stop enabling Molalla to waste OUR LIMITED COLLECTIVE PUBLIC FUNDS on CRAP. I’ll never stop telling policy makers to preserve our limited public money for projects that have a future – not the shitty, never gonna happen abject waste that comes from people who pretend to run Molalla – people who don’t have the “time” or the intelligence to dig for the truth – people who refuse to accept that Molalla is an ugly pimple on the landscape of Oregon.

A big “Thanks!” to all the citizens who are waking up, getting involved, and smelling the rotten government wafting from City Hall! There are some principles that the good old boys (and girls!) will never get.

It takes quality to attract quality. No city has less QUALITY than Molalla – you can try to post all the happy camper propaganda in the world, but any realtor will tell you that people run when they assess the commute to jobs, the low ball schools and the lack of public amenities like parks, decent roads and the sewer pipe puking poo-poo water into the Molalla River!

The following article explains that the one advantage Oregon has going forward in difficult times is its overall reputation for being “green” and innovative. How sad that backwaterville, head in the sand Molalla clings to archaic visions of sprawl and fails to understand that it isn’t JUST about providing ever more customers to a handful of greedy merchants.

ONLY SUSTAINABLE QUALITY counts – and anyone who doesn’t get that after the real estate boom and bust is stupid. And to have SUSTAINABLE QUALITY going forward, there must be respect for the environment and for social justice. Molalla’s shitty mayor’s ‘STUFF EM IN” policy won’t cut it in the future!

Sustainable communities understand that there is a “three legged” stool with EQUAL legs that holds them up: respect for economic needs, respect for community needs (social justice) and respect for ecology/natural resources. If any leg is too short, the community fails. In Molalla, there ZERO respect for the community and natural resource legs, so the city FAILS TIMES TWO AND IT SHOWS!

Sustainable neighborhoods: Living up to our ‘livable’ reputation

By Guest Columnist

May 14, 2010, 9:00AM

By Andres Duany and Michael Mehaffy

Unsustainable “pay later” mortgages were matched by an unsustainable “pay later” lifestyle that was overly reliant on historically cheap oil and other diminishing resources. When a bigger bill inevitably came due, it triggered a wave of defaults and a cascading collapse of the speculative house of cards. The entire world has now paid a very heavy price. Still worse could be to come if we don’t put ourselves on a more financially sustainable footing.

The meager short-term benefits of sprawl are increasingly outweighed by its profligate long-term costs. It’s no longer uncrowded, no longer attractive, no longer livable. Now the last remaining argument for sprawl — that it was affordable — is discredited.

Thus the business of building better places to live — an ultimate aim of Oregon’s land-use system — is urgent for economic reasons as much as social and ecological ones. Oregon, with its pioneering reputation, has earned the right — and now the obligation — to show the way.

No system is perfect, and like any other, Oregon’s can improve. We have argued in the past that there has been too much complacency, too much rest on past laurels — our over-reliance on the mere fact of an urban-growth boundary, for instance — with insufficient attention to the restructuring of livable neighborhoods within the boundary.

Fortunately, that’s beginning to change. Visionary leaders and innovators are coming up with a new library of strategies and tools to restructure former sprawling landscapes into more beautiful, sustainable neighborhoods, with a range of densities and characteristics. New codes and incentives are coming on line to change the calculation in favor of much higher-quality neighborhood development.

Our work takes us around the world, developing sprawl-retrofit tools for governments in Europe, the Middle East and other places. We can attest that Oregon has a reputation as an idyllic place with enlightened planning, and a burgeoning industry of green practices. That’s an economic asset that Oregon can (and does) trade on. In these times of economic weakness, this asset should not be underestimated.

But if it’s to be more than hype, this reputation must be substantiated with more than bolt-on green gizmos to insensitive architecture or cookie-cutter subdivisions jammed within growth boundaries. It must include better knowledge of how to build well for the ages. This is not easy for any of us, but it must be done.

Some voices will argue, as they always do, that Americans want sprawl because they freely chose to create it (demonstrably false). These voices even argue that Oregon’s practices have landed it in deeper economic trouble than would have been the case without its land-use practices. The evidence shows otherwise. More sprawling areas are in much deeper financial trouble and will have even more staggering costs to face as more long-term costs of sprawl come due. Indeed, many of these places are trying to be more like Oregon even now.

In our view, Oregon is positioned exceptionally well to compete in a new global economy, in which a sustainable quality of place is the new currency. Nonetheless, take note: There is important work still to be done.

Andres Duany is a founding principal at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co. in Miami and co-founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism. Michael Mehaffy is managing director of the Sustasis Foundation in Portland.

Here is a lovely list of sustainable goals from an Indian Tribe that still lives in the Grand Canyon – can you imagine what we could do as a community – or as a planet – if we followed these principles toward a SUSTAINABLE FUTURE?

* To preserve the magnificence of their homeland. The Havasupai people
and the homeland are inseparable. Preserving the land is a sacred responsibility.

* To protect their natural resources, both animal and plant life, that contribute
to their healing and spiritual direction.

* To preserve their cultural identity in every possible way. The land that gives
them birth defines their identity.The land helps to preserve their cultural identity
by separating and insulating them from those influences they do not wish to
incorporate into Havasupai life.

* To use their homeland to provide sustenance for themselves and to return to
a self-sustaining life.

* To provide their children with more alternatives than their parents had. (Such
alternatives can only come with better education and increased employment
opportunities on the reservation).

* To provide the people with the best health and sanitation facilities.

* To provide housing for all the Havasupai people; housing that will utilize as
much as possible the natural materials of the land and have the feeling of the
outdoors, yet protect and give warmth to the inhabitants.

* To make the most efficient use of the water available to them.

* To make the least wasteful use of the energy resources available to them.

* To carefully control the influences that could destroy their privacy and sense
of tribal community.

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