What if we reinvest in our existing communities, by rebuilding current infrastructure to support growth and development?
Instead of developing in areas that have never had development before, we could focus growth in existing communities that already have roads, water and sewer lines to support them. Homes and businesses could be more compact, near to Transportation stations, and within walking distance of commercial districts. We could invest in rebuilding and improving our roads, rail lines, and other infrastructure to support growth and overall economic development. These strategies would reduce development pressure on natural and agricultural areas, and encourage sustainable Transportation options less harmful to the environment.
This future scenario would keep our existing infrastructure and communities strong—but it will also be quite costly, and could change the character of our communities and neighborhoods as they accommodate new growth.