Thinking Local

There is an old expression—”that hits me where I live”.  While we all consider ourselves to be part of a national, even global, society, ultimately it is what happens right around us that has the most impact on daily life.  That locality is where social networks, business relationships, and the physical reality of day-to-day existence occur.

The city of Ann Arbor and its immediate neighbors are the local community that this blog is about.   It is also about how our town will face the challenges in our future.

Here is a principle of localization that is fundamental to this discussion:

“…key decisions should reside with those who demonstrate a connection and commitment to place, not with those who are placeless.  This “residential” principle says that people who live and work in a community are more likely to represent community values, be dependent on the coherence and durability of the community in place, and know that place.”  Thomas Princen, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, February 10, 2009 (lecture presented March 25, 2009).

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