Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Retire to Tennessee program

http://retiretennessee.org/images/logo2.png
Another thing I learned from an article (it also came up in a separate business meeting) is that the State of Tennessee has an active program, Retire Tennessee, to attract retirees as new residents because of the relatively temperate weather. Although I will say it gets very hot there in the summer, at least it did earlier this week. See "Former Council chairwoman to lead Choose Chattanooga" from the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Very interesting. This is an issue with center cities too. People interested in relocating to cities are either younger or older. The older types look to condominiums and similar housing options as light maintenance, and they appreciate being closer to amenities, and not having to rely on an automobile to get around, because walking, transit, and bicycling are efficient and effective options.

And it's smart for the state, because the people have disposable income, and presumably less of a call on local infrastructure (i.e., schools).

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