'Reality Check' exames growth, offers solutions

September 10, 2008 4:13:33 PM PDT
Over the next 22 years, more than 1.17 million new residents are projected to move into the Triangle.

So do you have what it takes to determine where they will live, work and play?.

The Urban Land Institute, Triangle Tomorrow and District Council of ULI will conduct a reality check on regional growth, allowing 300 diverse individuals to participate in an exercise that will determine the best ways the Triangle should grow..

Reality Check is a process that engages leaders from around the region in discussions about growth and how to compete in a global economy. .

The event, which will be held February 24, 2009, is a half-day visioning exercise that allows participants to make suggestions about where housing and jobs should locate around the region over the next 25 years. .

LEGOs, the children's toy, are being used to help build models showing participants' ideas. Yellow LEGOs represent people, red LEGOs represent jobs and yarn represents transportation corridors and green space..

Participants will submit ideas using the LEGOs. The Urban Land Institute said, "Those regions with a clear plan for how they are going to grow, a plan that has broad-based support from the private, nonprofit and public sectors, will have a key competitive advantage.".

Anyone can submit an idea online or nominate someone else's idea..

The deadline for nominations is October 15. The first LEGO planning exercise will be February 24, and results will be presented to stakeholders on February 27, 2009..

Organizers say the event has been instrumental in helping plan growth for other major cities like Tampa and Phoenix. For more information, log on to www.realitycheck2009.Org.


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