"In the end, urban planners and residents say, when we choose a place to spend our time, to live our lives, it always comes down to location, location, location.
"In other words, the neighborhood," writes Martin Merzer in today's Miami Herald.
What do people want in a neighborhood? It's an interesting question. Sometimes, I feel that in Framingham, the only time that "neighborhood" enters the political conversation is when people want to "save" their neighborhood by keeping out inappropriate development. But what should our neighborhoods be? What do we want to CREATE in our neighborhoods, not just keep out? Anything more than a subdivision with homes? What about neighborhood businesses, little parks, public meeting places, some kind of civic heart & soul?
Urban planner James Murley lives in an area called Shenandoah, Merzer writes, "which turned largely Hispanic several decades ago and remains so but is proving attractive again to non-Hispanics who crave a walkable neighborhood close to downtown Miami. 'Neighborhoods change all the time,'' he said. 'That's the beauty of them. They change because they are made of the people who live in them.'' "