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The 912 Project-Nebraska Message Board › UPDATE: Agenda 21 Focus Group.

UPDATE: Agenda 21 Focus Group. Please take the survey after you read the discussion.

Darlene E.
user 14539080
Omaha, NE
Post #: 340
The discussion was about the Agenda 21 Sustainability program called Heartland 2050 that is being administered by MAPA in the Omaha area. The officials at Heartland 2050 are inviting the public to take an online survey - (they are hoping people will say they are tired of pollution from cars and want to ride bikes, and that they want high speed rail and pack 'em stack 'em housing in the inner city so that they can justify this $2 million dollar expensive sustainability program grant from HUD in the Obama Administration - YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK).

Before you answer the survey, please take just a minute to think about the private property rights, space to grow, freedom of choice and individuality that we esteem as American values, oh, and also conserving the taxpayers' money! Thanks so much for taking the time to communicate this to them! Here's the link to the Heartland 2050 website http://heartland2050....­ Click on the large blue box on the right marked "Take the H2050 Values Survey".
You can also visit the Farmer's Market locations posted on the website to turn in your survey in person.

Be sure to check out the Facebook link https://www.facebook....­
(Note that the people from Smart Growth America came to do a presentation)

Here's the link to the absolutely glowing article that the World Herald put out today - maybe some letters to the editor are in order??? http://www.omaha.com/...­.

Omaha project to make plans for community solutions
By Erin Golden / World-Herald staff writer
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Heartland 2050 website
A project that aims to make plans for transportation, development and community growth in and around Omaha is looking for answers.
Heartland 2050, which was launched two years ago with a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is asking residents to submit their thoughts about the places they live, work and recreate.
In a press conference Wednesday outside the National Park Service office on Omaha's Riverfront Drive, organizers of the effort said they're ready to begin collecting information from residents.
This summer, the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency will help distribute and collect surveys that ask people why they live in the area, what aspects of the community they find most valuable, and what changes they'd like to make in their neighborhoods and cities.
That feedback will be used to set the agenda for community meetings and eventually help planners come up with ideas and projects that could range from redesigned public transportation systems to more connected school systems. The goal, organizers said, is to start coming up with ideas that will help an area that stretches far beyond Omaha.
“If we are focused on what's best for our county, we may fail to realize what's best for the success of our entire region,” said Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan, who is serving as co-chairman of the project. “We're all in this together. And this is a time for us to really examine what matters: our quality of life, safety, education. “
Heartland 2050 covers an eight-county area that spans state lines: Cass, Douglas, Sarpy, Saunders and Washington counties in Nebraska, and Harrison, Mills and Pottawattamie counties in Iowa.
Organizers are fanning out to community events ranging from farmer's markets to county fairs and Jazz on the Green to talk to people about their plans and ask them to fill out surveys. People will also be able to participate at libraries, churches and other locations.
MAPA will then use information from the surveys and technical advisors to come up with illustrated scenarios for improvements and changes — giving people a chance to see what they would look like and how much they would cost.
Though it requires a long process, organizers said similar “visioning” efforts in the past have yielded very visible results.
Greg Youell, MAPA's executive director, pointed out that redevelopment projects that have transformed sections of Omaha, like the section of north downtown near the riverfront and the CenturyLink Center, grew out of similar efforts.
“That redevelopment is here today because of a vision that was set back in the 1960s and 70s,” he said. “Which goes to show that when a vision is set, when plans are made, when you have public and private sector leaders behind it, that it does make a difference. It does come to fruition, even if it might take some time. “
Richard E.
Conservative_Vet
Plattsmouth, NE
Post #: 1,324
I gave the survey "both barrels". I told them about the long-time government leaches, high crime, gangs, slum lords and drugs. Our tolerance for this neighborhood is such that we want to move as far away as possible the sooner the better. Oh, and add possible police corruption to the mix. I tire of "BOOM, BOOM, BOOM", traffic levels approaching the Sorenson Parkway, houses set on fire (ours included), burglary and people getting shot at or pulled out of cars. We've had to purchase video equipment, install additional lights and purchase, and register, firearms. Don't even get me started about police effectiveness and the courts. "Catch and release" is no longer for fish!
Yes, we have a possible home in Plattsmouth we wish to buy pending financing. The neighborhood is peaceful and quiet. Police presence is there on a continuing basis and there seems to be a mellower lifestyle there. It looks as though we can walk, mow the lawn or bike without "packing heat" or fearing our life and we can actually talk to our neighbors without hearing cursing. East Omaha can BITE MY SHINY METAL ASS!!!
Darlene E.
user 14539080
Omaha, NE
Post #: 341
Conservative Vet, thanks for replying to the survey. Good luck with the purchase of your new home.
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