Grassroots Planning

Can grassroots planning save what's best of a rapidly suburbanizing community?

Residents of Newton County, Georgia, started from scratch and learned as they went along — eventually finding the right kinds of help and resources.

Kaid Benfield, New Urban Network
 Rusty Tanton, creative commons license)

Not long ago, Newton, County, Georgia, was classic rural America:  a few small towns, some historic buildings, and a lot of farming.  But the county has had the good (or bad, depending on your point of view) fortune to be 30 miles from the center of one of the world’s most rapidly expanding cities, Atlanta.  And it is smack in the path of the tsunami of suburban sprawl that is emanating outward from the Georgia capital.

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