2. Sub-community Plans, Area Plans and Neighborhood Plans have all been proposed as approaches to giving citizens some certainty about the future of their neighborhoods and the quality and extent of our community’s built environment. Do you favor this approach to city planning? Why or why not?
In my answer to the first question, I mentioned the observations that I make in my garden that are symptoms of the bigger picture. In the short period of about 10 years, I have noticed an alarming decrease in pollinators and by extension, food production. Spring tree blossoms used to create an audible buzz that marked the season.
The city has done much on this front with its IPM policies. Also, most flowering plant retailers carry neonic free plants exclusively (the Flower Bin in Longmont does, too!)
Through neighborhood activities we can continue to raise awareness. But the most impactful work would be to change leadership at the state level that will be more open to policies that protect some of the hardest workers that sustain our ability to continue to eat.