Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Smart Growth and Communitarian Urbanism

After years of planning and developing cities and communities, Smart Growth has come on the scene to say, "We've done it all wrong." Using climate change as their reasoning for this program, Communitarian concepts are being accepted as sustainable progress by local governments. Communities are now being challenged to consider driving shorter distances between jobs and homes, by molding the way city planners think about how workplaces, homes, and services can be built closer together."[1]

Smart Growth leads you to believe it is grassroots, but it actually part of the Agenda 21 plans, and works in association with the Environmental Protection Agency.[2] Most community-level planners don't realize they are on the receiving end of a slick marketing strategy of change agents. This political agenda has a utopian plan that will gradually tie each local government to a sustainable like-minded global community, and will ultimately use it as a tool to attain false world peace. 


 "While they are saying, "Peace and safety!" then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape."1 Thess. 5:3

Smart Growth
"People are clearly seeing the value of investing to create transportation choices in walkable communities. These are places that save households money on gas and attract businesses and employees. Residents are increasingly saying, 'Yes,' to great neighborhoods that connect people to jobs." Geoffrey Anderson, President and CEO, Smart Growth America
Smart Growth shares the same big picture as ICLEI and C40 Cities, however Smart Growth works specifically to design city centers. It is an urban planning and transportation theory that creates compact walkable urban centers to avoid sprawl. Similar to 'Compact City' and 'urban intensification', they have influenced government planning policies of the future. Essentially, city blocks that were once considered underdeveloped and written off as a lost cause, are now being considered for restoration and upgrade to create sustainable living spaces.

If you read between the lines of their double talk, you can clearly see their goals are to:
  • Achieve a unique sense of community [a collectivist mindset]; 
  • Expand the range of transportation [buses and bicycles];
  • Increase employment [more part time and under-employed];
  • More housing choices [tiny houses/living spaces]; 
  • Equitably distribute the costs and benefits of development [some pay while others get rich]; 
  • Preserve and enhance natural and cultural resources [more restrictions on developing land and a requirement to volunteer]; 
  • and promote public health by way of walking [no one will be permitted to be fat or unhealthy, while others will be allowed to die without medical care].[2] states that:


Smart growth strategies help ensure communities develop in the way they want them to develop. Their focus, so they say, is to keep our children and families healthy, with clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and safe places to exercise outside.[3]

In the following video, you can hear some of the ways the Smart Growth planners hope to move America into the 21st century. Ilana Preuss says that making great places is key to turning around our economy - another sales tactic. The video was shot in cooperation with TED.

(YouTube link)

Behind the Communitarian Curtain
The U.N. and its policies are in the process of surrounding the camp. Their objectives have been dismantling sovereign countries to create a world that is "equitable" - a Communitarian/Masonic buzz word.  Niki Raapana has stated in her thesis on Communitarianism:
"Communitarianism combines or "balances" far-right capitalism (Fascism) with far-left Communism (totalitarianism) to make the "perfect middle" - this is what makes one progressive." [4]
This is also known as the Third Way, and it has common elements with Communism. HowStuffWorks explains how one aspect of equality works under Communism.
"In order for everyone to achieve equality, wealth is redistributed so that the members of the upper class are brought down to the same financial and social level as the middle class."
(Keep in mind that Communist/Socialist countries are not middle class.)

 Karl Marx - the father of Communism, who happened to be 
a Mason. His pursuit was to attain an equitable society that 
is classless, but inevitably creates a distinction between 
the rulers and the ruled.[5]

Communism/Socialism, which were the political philosophies of Marx, are being achieved in many different ways (social security, public schools, Food Stamps, Medicare...) including the foundation that is being laid through the strategies of Smart Growth. Sustainable development is just another creative way Communitarians are trying to create balance in the world, and their ideologies have been viewed as the wave of the future. The Third Way is supposed to make everybody happy, but there is a catch, as you will learn.

How do you say "HELP" in Mandarin?
Based upon this government website, Smart Growth will be building community [a.k.a. collectivist mindset] and living healthier lives. Perhaps these scenes from China will help you see what their goals are. The Chinese are accustomed to:

 morning exercise sessions,

commuting to work by bus, bicycle, and on foot,

shopping in the marketplace where food is supplied by local growers,

and they enjoy plenty of urban gardening.

Let's not forget about how the tiny living spaces of tomorrow will resemble that of China's apartments - all for the bogey man of climate change.

Transforming a City
The following illustrations are how a city will be revitalized by Smart Growth. These pictures are of a city neighborhood on Hull Street in Richmond, VA, and reflect the anticipated changes from start to finish.

As you listen to the following video, note the marketing tactics being used in promoting these types of neighborhoods. 

(YouTube link)

The speakers on the video give you the impression that:
  • The phrase "smart growth" implies that other growth and development theories are not "smart."
  • This is the best for Americans.
  • Americans will be happy and complete if Smart Growth is brought to their community.
  • Americans really want this program because of what it offers.
  • This program will improve our economy and jobs will return to the community.
  • We're no longer going to be victims. This is a grassroots movement.
  • The natural beauty of our world must be preserved,
and the list goes on. You may recognize some parallels to the Transition Towns rhetoric.

Recent Destruction
It is interesting to note that city planners are using the areas in Japan, devastated by the earthquake and nuclear crisis, to wheel in Smart architectural plans to create an energy revolution.

(YouTube link)

Smart planning is being used to rebuild New Jersey after the destruction from Hurricane Sandy. It almost seems like these catastrophic events were created to provide an opportunity to kick-off their environmental agenda.

The Bottomline
No matter how its packaged and no matter how positive advocates try to make it sound, not everyone will want to live this way. Those who live on the fringe want to be there. To them, the Smart Growth plan would feel like suffocation. As city centers begin to build and less food and services are offered to those who live out in the countryside, the last holdouts will eventually be forced to move to the cities for survival, thus creating the need for skyscrapers with miniature living spaces.

The Marx and Engels plan for ultimate financial and social equality is built on the principle that the system should spread around the world until all countries are on board. [6] If you're still living between the years 2020 through 2030, you will see this in your lifetime.

 "Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever!" 2 Peter 3:17,18

"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." Col. 2:8

Update: In further studying this subject, research the words "New Urbanism." This will lead you to a Communitarian goldmine. 

Outside Links

Communitarian Church Growth Movement 
The Dangers of the Communitarian Church Growth Movement (Howse is controlled opposition, but I agree with his viewpoint on this subject.)