Land use, economic development and transportation are impossible to isolate from each other. As currently managed in Eugene, they often conflict with state and City planning goals they should be supporting.
Given the trends in climate change, public health, natural resources and many other factors, it’s easy to conclude current practices in land use, economic development and transportation are not sustainable and for many people, not desirable in the first place.
The Green Paper advocates many actions that fully align with city and state planning goals for land use, economic development and transportation such as walkable neighborhoods and alternatives to cars and sprawl.
Putting existing land use, transportation and development goals into practice would deliver enormous benefits to the community, the local economy, public health and environmental well being. Its easy to be critical of current practices but still, River Road (and Eugene) have great assets to work with to mitigate and repair past and current mistakes.