It is welcome news that the mayor of Springville supports smart growth. Springville is a wonderful place to live, work, play and raise a family. But, it will be so much better if we implement smart growth strategies, in the further development of our community.
Imagine if all of our downtown storefronts were occupied and thriving, with residences, studios or additional office space filling the second and third floors of our downtown buildings. Imagine improved streetscapes that make downtown attractive and inviting. Imagine more green spaces, play areas and places to gather as neighbors, to build relationships and strengthen our community. Imagine biking, jogging or skiing down the old railbed. Imagine a healthier, happier Springville, where local, independent businesses are supported, historic buildings are treasured and the building of community is prioritized.
The alternative to smart growth is a continuation of flawed development practices or, simply put, stupid growth. Stupid growth gives us big-box stores that suck money out of the community, while enticing us with cheap goods. It gives us parking lots instead of parks. Stupid growth neglects local farmers, ignores our natural environment and dismisses historic preservation.
I don’t want Springville to become a sprawling semi-suburb that is impossible to distinguish from any other town. Our village is on the right path, in embracing smart growth principles. Now it is time to expand the conversation and get residents involved in planning, for our future and revitalizing Springville.