Do you care about making Longmont a flourishing City, - and a great place for future generations to live? “Placemaking is becoming increasingly relevant as our planet urbanizes. With more than half of the world’s population now living in cities, the importance of engaging and inclusive public spaces grows stronger every day.” – Project for Public Places
“Change starts local. Even global changes start small — with people like us. In our generation, the struggle of whether we connect more, whether we achieve our biggest opportunities, comes down to this — your ability to build communities and create a world where every single person has a sense of purpose." "We can create a sense of purpose for everyone. When you don't have the freedom to take your idea and turn it into an historic enterprise, (or to create a great community) - we all lose. Let's give everyone the freedom to pursue their purpose — not only because it's the right thing to do, but because when more people can turn their dreams into something great, we're all better for it." - Mark Zuckerberg, Harvard commencement address, 2017.
Do you have a passion for helping the Longmont community flourish during an era of tremendous global and local disruptions? With the confluence of climate change, the rise of renewable energy, the “Digital-Information Age Economic Revolution”, un-affordable housing, environmental impacts, national political upheavals, and more, the way we work, shop, play, and live our lives is being rapidly transformed. Free-Market, profit driven development projects often lead to urban sprawl, increasing dependence on cars, more traffic, more environmental pollution, displaced and isolated individuals and neighborhoods.
A “Placemaking” approach to growth offers the opportunity for grassroots, community driven, smart, and sustainable neighborhoods, transit, housing, and local economies. A city designed for people first, rather than cars; place before profit; -with a public realm where residents can interact to enjoy human relationships and the environment; where ideas and dreams - for residents of every age - come alive in a nurturing, collaborative, entrepreneurial environment, - this is a city that will thrive in the decades ahead. “With community-based participation at its center, an effective Placemaking process capitalizes on a local community's assets, inspiration, and potential, and results in the creation of quality public spaces that contribute to people's health, happiness, and well-being”. - PPP