July 27, 2006

Gorbachev: Focus on ordinary residents in urban planning

Speaking to the Earth Dialogues forum in Brisbane, Australia, former Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev and other delegates said that local leaders "should put ordinary residents at the centre of urban design and planning, and make cities more pedestrian-friendly," according to a report from News Ltd. online.

Gorbachev currently chairs Green Cross International, an environmental policy group.

Sadly, focusing on making a pleasant environment for average citizens on foot is a revolutionary concept in too many communities these days. But one only has to look at where it's been done successfully - Newbury Street in Boston, for example - to see that it can be economically successful as well as aesthetically pleasing.

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