local development

Block Level Planning

Economic planning should start at the level where the expertise of local people can best solve economic problems and create prosperity according to local needs. There may be aspects of economic planning which should be undertaken at the global, regional, or district levels, but, so far as is practical, planning activity should occur mainly at the local level. So the most basic level of planning for most purposes is that of the block. A block is a political unit of at least 100,000 people, the boundaries of which are determined on the basis of geographic factors, similar socioeconomic factors, and common economic problems and potentialities.



By |2016-05-06T05:34:19+0000May 6th, 2016|0 Comments

Emerging River Road Neighborhood Food Culture

An integrated complex of food-related activities and programs is emerging in Eugene, Oregon’s River Road neighborhood. In the past 6 – 8 years there has arise a network of residents using their properties and skills to build a robust, localized food system. This system starts from soil at the base and proceeds up through seeds, starts, gardens, preservation, education, economy and culture. Motivation for building this food system comes from: (1) a constructive response to the global challenges facing agriculture, (2) a belief in the benefits of localized food production, (3) and a desire to reorient culture to become more wholesome, nurturing, and community oriented.


By |2016-01-19T03:11:30+0000November 11th, 2015|0 Comments