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Feb 9, 2016

Planners Will Incorporate New Design With City’s Master Plan

Justin Moore

The group of experts will take a comprehensive look at the area including social issues, unemployment and violence.


Justin Moore, Urban Designer/Planner, American Planning Association

“In urban planning and design, it really looks at the entire context of the city. So all the issues of the economy; what are people’s housing situations; what we are the education and recreational activities for young people. Those are all conditions that need to go into how a neighborhood is put together. So I am coming from New York; it is a place that historically had many issues with crime and many social issues. Over the generations there have been improvements both in the kind of programming, policing, education programs, but there have also been changes to the city itself—improvement in parks, improvement in transportation. So those are the types of things that we want to look at and investigate and talk to people here in Belize City and Yarborough to kind of understand the opportunities there.”


Duane Moody

“So both tangible and intangible changes?”


Justin Moore

“Yes absolutely. Planning is really a combination of things. There are hard things, tangible things you can do. You can improve a street, you can improve a park; you can provide community spaces for young people. That’s something that people can see and it can be engaging, but there are also things that are about engagement. Talking to people and see what are things that you would like to do in your neighborhood, what are the things that you think would make an improvement; making sure that that work is done and considered can make sure that you have ideas and projects that are relevant to the people in the community and not just people from new York coming in and telling you to do X and Y.”

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1 Response for “Planners Will Incorporate New Design With City’s Master Plan”

  1. Jason says:

    we welcome this. Hope they don’t end up like Carolyn Trench Sandiford’s Mahogany Heights.

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