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ARCHIVED  August 27, 1999

Planners send out cautionary note

Memo to Greeley’s downtown community: Any plan to revitalize businesses in the city’s center will fail if sprawl is not contained.

Tom Clark, a professor of urban planning in the university’s School of Architecture and Planning, said Greeley must to rein in uncontrolled growth on its fringes if his proposals for change are to work.
“Downtowns all across the country are being rediscovered, and some of them with a great deal of success,” Clark said. “If Greeley is going to have success, the community has got to make some very difficult choices. If it continues to sprawl outward, and consume farmland, then they will lose the vitality of downtown. If Greeley expands willy-nilly, leap-frogging into the countryside, they will lose.”

Memo to Greeley’s downtown community: Any plan to revitalize businesses in the city’s center will fail if sprawl is not contained.

Tom Clark, a professor of urban planning in the university’s School of Architecture and Planning, said Greeley must to rein in uncontrolled growth on its fringes if his proposals for change are to work.
“Downtowns all across the country are being rediscovered, and some of them with a great deal of success,” Clark said. “If Greeley is going to have success, the community has got to make some very difficult choices. If it continues to sprawl outward, and consume farmland,…

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