Another year, another notification that I live across the street from one of the greatest cities in the USA! Not only that, my personal winner for "Best 1980s-era development planning and codes" is just outside the top at #11.
Good enough for a berth in the liveability Ryder Cup.
Honestly, their qualifications for quality are so outdated. It's almost criminal to hold most of these cities in high regard in such a public location. Lists like this set back planning a full year. I can't imagine walking into the city council of Overland Park and telling them their city is fatally flawed. All they would have to do is showcase this ranking and their supporting stats and happily bury their heads in the sand. They would also probably point to their tiny lifestyle centers that are separated from the rest of the city by 6-lane collector roads and promote them as progressive design.
I would love to see the population density, population growth, and codes for these cities and see if they are even remotely sustainable. Can you imagine a Ryder Cup for liveability? I would love to see the 12 best places to live in Europe in a competition with the cities mentioned.
Would it be a 28-0 sweep?
In 1999, New Belgium became the largest private consumer of wind-powered electricity at that time and the first wind-powered brewery. In 1998, when we were researching ways to lower our environmental impact, Fort Collins was launching the first city-sponsored wind program in Colorado. We made a 10-year commitment to buy all of our electricity through the program, which allowed them to install an additional turbine, in Medicine Bow, WY. Since the wind premium increased our total cost per kilowatt-hour by 57%, it impacted employee's profit sharing pool. So, we asked employees: wind-power or not? They unanimously voted for clean energy, and the decision is a fabled moment in New Belgium history.