first suburb has long attracted families seeking open space,affordable home-ownership, local government and community. However,rapid automobile-oriented expansion has transformed this hamlet of farmsand villages into a congested sprawl. Land is being gobbled up, taxes areskyrocketing, services are decreasing and communities are beginning toerode. Leaders are looking for solutions to generate new economies,improve the environment and restore the connection to local community.Our proposal
- envisions a new paradigm for economic,environmental and social development, combining the historic relationshipof farming with new open space, decreased automobile dependence,alternative energy, a new economy and connection to the land and to eachother. We have selected Farmingdale, along Route 110. Symbolic as a farmtown replaced by millions of square feet of office parks, massive malls, stripcenters and a few isolated residential developments
Farmingdale is theposter child for Long Island sprawl development.
replaces office parks with organic farms, fed byAgTRAIN, aconveyer connected to processing, distribution and rail to connect all of LongIsland to dense centers where goods are sold.AgTrain conveys waste to soil-mixing and waste-to-energy plants, providing organic soils to farms andalternative energy to the community.The office parks are relocated to our transit-oriented community, served byLIRR and light rail on Route 110. Retail, education, entertainment andresidential opportunities are mixed to significantly reduce automobilereliance. The result is an environmentally productive, socially diverse,economically industrious, livable, walkable community.
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