Sustain Harbor Walkability, Views and the Natural Enviroment

Read the draft Harbor Vision statement. It's a forward-looking statement, but I think it has a small flaw. Do you agree with me?

The draft Harbor Vision focuses city policies and budgets to "perpetuate" the working waterfront, "preserve" historic neighborhoods, and "provide" recreational and boater services.

In rather uncommitted contrast, the vision statement indicates that future city residents and guests only "enjoy" walkability, views, and the natural environment.

I would like to have a vision that actively leads toward a sustainable commitment to walkability, views, and the natural environment.  

As with "perpetuate," "preserve," and "provide," I would prefer the terminology "enjoy and sustain" in reference to walkability, views, and the natural environment.  In the broadest respects, this is matter of commitment to healthy lifestyles.

As it is expressed in the draft, the commitment to working waterfront, historic neighborhoods and guest services appears partly as outcome and then partly as process, whereas the commitment to walkability, views, and the natural environment appears strictly as outcome.

Since this draft Harbor Vision statement is ultimately about policy direction, decision-making balance and public investment, I do not think concern for process is dancing on the head of a pin.  There is inequitable priority expressed in this draft statement that values the perpetuated, preserved, and provided elements more than the enjoyed elements.  This is easily correctable.

Each bulleted statement should be parallel in sentence structure.  Just add "and sustain" after "enjoy" in the first bullet.  So written, policy direction, decision-making and public investment can later be expressed from a balanced, forward-looking, parallel perspective.  

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Mark Hoppen December 07, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Or perhaps the first bullet could be substantially re-written to match the other bullets, such as, "A vibrant place for residents, visitors and boaters that sustains a walkable waterfront, picturesque views and the natural environment."
Harborite December 11, 2012 at 12:34 AM
I have no idea what you're talking about, but as for views....I think folks who live in town should be able to yea or nay the trees that folks plant in order to preserve their view. There should be some kind of volunteer board that hears people's complaints and could make a decision of what should be trimmed or removed.
Mark Hoppen December 11, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Harborite, If the change I'm discussing is made, then such policy and board as you describe might be likely to be discussed. No Council has ever initiated such a practice, but it has been discussed from time-to-time for at least 22 years to my awareness, and perhaps longer.
Harborite December 11, 2012 at 03:26 AM
I hope there is such a board....especially now since we are so conscious of energy savings and using solar to heat our home...when a neighors trees block the free energy from the sun, there should be a way to have them removed...and if a person has a view and then loses it to newly planted trees, that shouldn't be allowed.


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