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  • greg buck
    Friends, OK so the Governor gets the small stuff right but gets a matter of sustainability wrong in the form of promoting the proposed extension of I-69 and
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 30, 2006

      OK so the Governor gets the small stuff right but gets a matter of
      sustainability wrong in the form of promoting the proposed extension of I-69
      and leasing Indiana's tollway. Sustainaility entails enough resources for
      now and future generations in this finite Earth that already has an
      ecological footprint that excedes the Earth's carrying capacity.

      You might appreciate the website of Campaign for Sustainable Economics -
      www.sustainableeconomics.org . It's a work in progress.

      From : Robert J. Matter <rjmatter@...>
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      April 30, 2006

      Russ Pulliam
      Governor jumps on bandwagon for trails

      Maybe we should call it Minor Moves because it's relatively cheap in
      cost. But it's still a major development that Gov. Mitch Daniels wants a
      statewide trail system.

      The same governor with the ambitious road construction plan announced a
      trail initiative last week. The difference is that the cost of biking
      and hiking trails is minor compared to the state's roads, financed
      through the controversial lease of the Toll Road.
      Sometimes called greenways, these linear parks cost about $300,000 a
      mile to construct, although the purchase of land can increase the price
      in urban areas. But roads cost much, much more. And they add to air
      pollution and subtract from physical fitness.
      What the governor wants is a statewide master plan to connect the
      trails, which have become popular in many communities.
      Bike advocates were pleased with the governor's announcement in
      Plainfield, next to the town's Vandalia Trail. "You've got some cities
      where the trails are very strong and the commitment is high," said Kevin
      Heber of the Indiana Trails Fund Inc. "But in the rural areas, that's
      where the gaps are. In other states, the state has come in and helped
      close the gaps."
      Calling for a May 31 bike trail summit to work on a master plan, Daniels
      recalled his discovery of the trails when he was campaigning in his RV
      in 2004.
      "Almost everywhere you go, you find a beautiful little asset, like this
      trail here," Daniels said.
      A statewide trail system, linking one city to another, will help
      Hoosiers get in better shape and shed weight. Yet the trails also boost
      economic development.
      "There has never been a time when quality of life has been more
      important," Daniels said. With the Internet, many businesses can locate
      where they please. Investors are looking for everything from good
      schools to bike trails to attract skilled employees.
      Indiana doesn't have oceans or mountains. Any state can build trails.
      Yet Indiana has lagged well behind Michigan and Ohio in statewide planning.
      The Monon Trail on Indianapolis' Northside and in Carmel has shown that
      trails are not aimed at a few tree-hugging environmentalists. Access to
      the Monon has become a major marketing tool for businesses. "All along
      the Monon property values have risen dramatically," says Carmel City
      Council member Ron Carter. "People want to live on the Monon."
      Daniels' push for statewide planning fits with his free-market emphasis
      on the private sector. Government inevitably owns and runs the trails.
      But the original push usually comes from small private organizations
      that raise money with bicycle tours and memberships. The B&O Bicycle
      Tour, scheduled for June 3, is in its 14th year. It's part of a vision
      for a bike trail stretching from Speedway to nearly Illinois. In Fort
      Wayne, Mayor Graham Richard has an annual bike trail summit and now has
      a master plan for trails. The original idea for trails there, however,
      came from a few citizens, not from city hall.
      A statewide bike trail system could have a major impact on Indiana,
      competing with the state parks to offer exercise options and recreation
      and boosting economic development.

      Pulliam is associate editor of The Star. Contact him at (317) 444-6001
      or at russell.pulliam@....



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      Greg Buck
      Campaign for Sustainable Economics
      Indianapolis, IN USA

      Please endorse this Position on Economic Growth

      Speakers www.steadystate.org/CASSE-Speakers/Speakers.html

      The GDP ignores the value of ecosystem services & quality of life, & counts
      bads as goods, making the Genuine Progress Indicator preferable

      More significantly, account for sharing the finite planet that has finite
      access to solar energy www.myfootprint.org

      Why ecological economics?

      Peak Oil is not the 800 lb. gorilla. It's economic growth

      Urban design for quality living within a smaller scale

      Discuss sustainability http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Sustainable_Economics
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