Smart Growth Campus/City Analysis: Analyze your campus or city using the 10 principles of smart growth as a guide. Don't stay behind your computer screen for this activity. Get out and explore, walk around, ride the public transportation, etc... You may work in pairs, but each student should post to receive credit.
For each of the 10 principles, give your campus/city a grade and justify it. Make sure to also list your location. There is no "one-size-fits-all" measurement to grade each of these principles - the justification will take some thought and creativity. This activity of finding ways to measure and justify ambiguous concepts will be helpful in your projects. You can draw on your own experience, but the justification must be more than your opinion. Useful information for your location is probably available online (For example, here is Clemson's Campus Planning Overview, and Master Plan). And, other resources like google maps and online transportation statistics can help. Here is an abbreviated example.
LOCATION: Clemson, South Carolina, United States
|Provide a variety of transportation choices
||Bus system is in place, Walking is possible for on-campus, Biking is possible but can be unsafe. (In a city where the data is available, information like Vehicle Miles Per Day would provide insight on this principle)
|Strengthen and direct development towards existing communities
||Despite land available within walking distance to campus, cheap housing combined with abundant parking encourages living away from campus. (Google maps shows this)
Post your response to the Discussion forum. For this assignment, it's OK if you go over the 100 word limit.
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