I always hear the comment, “how do we bring Amsterdam (or Kobenhavn) to the USA?” or in the States, “how do we become like Portland?” For me, I know I want to be like Amsterdam or Portland. But I also know there are plenty of people who don’t want to be like them and will automatically shut off to those arguments.
So it ultimately leads to the question how do we get there without…quote unqoute becoming them…? How do we make Eugene solutions or Portland solutions or <insert city name> solutions created by those residents. Or how do we as planners communicate best practices that are location specific to that time and place. Or how do we frame the answers that use the best knowledge and can be agreed upon by all.