Urban planner sets talk on land development – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Urban planner sets talk on land development

Evan M. Lowenstein of Green Village Consulting will speak on “Sprawl and ‘Smart Growth’ in Upstate New York,” at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 5 in the Finger Lakes Institute Classroom, 601 S. Main St.

Lowenstein, a Rochester-based urban/environmental planner who runs Green Village Consulting, will talk about why cities and villages in the area are suffering from lost residents and businesses, while many suburban and rural towns are suffering the consequences of rapid growth.

Studies have shown that between 1992 and 1997, the population of Upstate New York grew by only half of 1 percent, and during the same period, the amount of developed land grew by 14 percent. This means that Upstate land is being developed at 28 times the rate of population growth.

His presentation will talk about how development can occur with virtually no population growth, detail its causes and consequences; and propose solutions for the region. Those in the audience will learn how the “sprawl-without-growth” phenomenon is devastating Upstate's economic, environmental, and social health.

The services of Green Village Consulting can be viewed at Green Village; it is dedicated to sustainable development, Smart Growth, and environmental protection.

His talk is free and open to the public; registration is requested by calling ext. 4382 or e-mailing fli@hws.edu.