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  I would like to implement smart growth into the newer regions of El Paso.  Three smart growth methods include the discouragement of zoning, cultivation of a community identity, and mixing of house size and price.

  By discouraging zoning, businesses, parks, and schools would be able to be built within neighborhoods, making it easier for people to walk wherever they need to go. Walking reduces vehicle use, and therefore pollution and traffic, while encouraging a healthy lifestyle.

  Citizens learn to love their community if an identity is found. For the “Sun City,” I would suggest an identity revolving around the planting of native, desert plants within parks and gardens. Most gardeners use plants that don't fare well in the desert. Native, desert plants, however, are no less beautiful or useful- you can actually cook with some of them, such as the agave! Cooking and crafting with native plants also contributes to a community identity, as the products would be unique to the region and could only be sold locally- encouraging community interaction and local talent.

  Trade amongst neighbors also establishes a trustful economy, which can be balanced with a mixture of house size and price. If houses are smaller, people will stay outside in the community more, and not have to worry about bills being as high. Thus, poorer people can live amongst wealthier families. Mixing families of different statuses keeps the quality of neighborhoods high, since the wealthier families would never, for example, allow a landfill to pollute their neighborhood.


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