Urban Planning and sustainability on #100Eyes

For reasons I’m not completely in touch with, I have an inordinate interest in how cities are planned and executed.

It’s not like I want to got to public planning school or anything. It’s not an obsession. I just think we can do a better, smarter job of controlling our growth.

My experience over the years is that the people who do this for a living, are pretty smart. They get it. However, they’re trying to get actual people to adapt their lifestyles a bit to make it work. That’s where it often goes wrong.

My guest on today’s show can shed some light on all these things.

Jeff Schmitt is the city’s top planning official. He’s a whip smart dude who has been guiding Sioux Falls growth for quite awhile now.

Our discussion at 3 today will start with a package of stories we ran on Sunday.

You can read those stories here.

The chat is live right now and we’ll start with Jeff at 3.

I want to talk about how we overcome the suburban mentality that says keep building houses further and further from the core and just drive in. How do we build a city that is more sustainable in the long term?

The old model of suburbanization that drove development for the better part of the 20th century has problems. First, all those roads cost a lot of money. At the same time, people are actually driving less because of the cost of the gas and because young people don’t see it as a necessity.

Mass transit is huge. It has to get better in Sioux Falls.

Other alternative forms — yes, bicycling — must be included in the formula, encouraged, and funded.

I’ll put all those topics to Jeff and see what he has to say about it.

Jump in the chat and let us know what you think.