Why do the Smart Growth supporters think they know best for all of the rest of us? I have had enough of these people demanding that the world change to fit their idea of what is best. This is America where freedom still means something to most of us. I live in sprawl(single home with yard)and love it. I am in much better health than most other people and I have been able to buy food or grow my own as much as I want. I do not want to live without my car but I will be careful not to hit anyone on a bike because I have one of those also. Let people decide for themselves where and how they want to live.
I just bought a new bicycle with my own money and will take it to where ever I want to ride without the help of anyone else. If it is such a good idea it would be able to succeed without government money. My question to the Times Free Press is, do you not know what this is all about? Have you not heard of "Smart Growth"? The people behind "Smart Growth" and "Sustainable Development" do not like cars. They are trying to convince us to give up our autos and either walk or ride a bike. There is a resolution in the Tennessee House sponsored by Kevin Brooks that address this issue. Please do some research and find out what is going on and then report.
There was a seminar held in Chattanooga that was facilitated by Ecologic Institute. On their website they state "The US and the EU should admit their errors concerning nuclear power calling them costly mistakes and commit to investing in renewable energies, phase out nuclear power." That seminar was held in November and Mayor Littlefield gave the keynote address. I would like for more studies to be made before we close down our nuclear plants because I know that there are some groups who want to do just that and will do whatever to bring it about. Wake up Chattanooga.
The article states
"In German, where the government drives energy policy, much of the land is designated "green" and cannot be developed in a sprawling manner. The result is denser population that can be served by public transportation."
Do the people of Chattanooga want to live like Germany? Is this what is in the plans for us? Will the elected officials who represent the people get to vote on this?
Yes there are health concerns and some of the meters are being removed.
When they talk about time of day pricing and paying more for peak times what time do you think will be considered peak? It has to be when people are at home. So the time from 6 pm to 10 pm will be the most used because that is when people get home from work and before they go to bed. So if you are the person in the housewhole that does the cooking, clearing,washing cloths and running the vaccum then you will have to stay up later at night to get the lower price or pay a lot more than you do now. Just be ready to change your schedule to fit EPB's.
Mayor Littlefield states that he has been bogged down as he tries to pursue agendas close to his heart. One example is the seminar to be held Nov 30th - Dec 2nd . on the topic "Local Initiatives in Climate Protection and Renewable Energies". Mayor Littlefield will give the keynote address at this seminar. The facilitator is the Ecologic Insititute. If you go to their website you will find some interesting things. http://www.ecologic.at/download/vortrag/2010/RAK_NuclearGPPI_100305.pdf TVA might want to hear what this is all about.
Mayor Littlefield denies any connection to or knowledge of Agenda 21. The follow link in also for Ecologic Insititure http://ecologic.eu/783.
Citizens should do their own research to find out the truth.
Do we have a shortage of apartments? I don't know if we do or not but I have noticed a lot of new apartment complexes all over the city. Is there waiting list for these apartments? It sounds like some people are trying to make a case to change zoning to promote Smart Growth which is all about getting people to live in close quarters taking up as little space as possible and using public transit. If there is a shortage then maybe we should build more but unless there is a waiting list for the ones we already have then why discourage single family housing?
Chattanooga and Hamilton Co. are members of ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives) People should go to their website and see if they can find any connection to Agenda 21 or the UN The By-Laws in ICLEI states members should support the Earth Charter. Both of these links are below and if you do your research you can come to your our opinion.
Why should our government take our tax money and use it to "shift behavior"? Who decides which behaviors need to be shifted? Why should there be special treatment(free downtown parking for carpoolers and free taxi-rides home)for citizens based on their transportion choices?