From VT Digger – Shumlin signs “complete streets” bill
“This law will guarantee that we’re designing roads that work for the future – for older Vermonters, for those who choose to take public transportation, for people who opt to walk to their jobs and errands, and for motorists,” the Governor said.
I am skeptical of any infrastructure changes so I decided to investigate. Complete Streets is another “Feel Good” project that most everyone would agree is a huge improvement, as far as its projected goal is concerned. The cloaking or “greenwash” of Sustainable Development is very clever and effective, so it takes digging to reveal what is behind it.
First I wanted to see if it was inline with the UN’s Agenda 21, as the buzz-words of “Smart” Mobility and “Sustainable” Complete Streets Policy, seem to indicate.
Excerpt from UN Agenda 21 Chapter 7:
Promoting Sustainable Energy and Transport Systems in Human Settlements (a) Integrate land-use and transportation planning to encourage development patterns that reduce transport demand (c) Encourage non-motorized modes of transport by providing safe cycleways and footways in urban and suburban centres in countries, as appropriate;
I wrote to Democrats against UN Agenda 21 because I couldn’t find anything that was saying the “Complete Streets” program would directly endanger our human rights or shift town-planning power away from the people, as Agenda 21 does. Rosa Koire, ASA, Executive Director of the Post Sustainability Institute responded with the following letter:
Redevelopment is a tool used to further Agenda 21’s vision of remaking America’s cities. With redevelopment, cities have the right to take property by eminent domain, against the will of the property owner, and give it or sell it to a private developer. By declaring an area of town ‘blighted’ (and in some cities over 90% of the city area has been declared blighted) the property taxes in that area can be diverted away from the General Fund. This constriction of available funds is impoverishing the cities real infrastructure, cutting human services and reducing the standard of living. They’ll be telling you that its better because its sustainable, clean and pretty! The money from the cut services is deflected to the Redevelopment Agency and handed out to favored developers building low-income housing and mixed use. Smart Growth.
In this Smart Growth model, human habitation, as it is referred to now, is restricted to lands within the “Urban Growth Boundaries” of the city. Only certain building designs are permitted. Rural property is more restricted in the ways it can be used. Although participating counties say that they support agricultural uses, eating locally produced foods, farmer’s markets, etc. in fact there are so many regulations restricting water and land use (there are scenic corridors, inland rural corridors, baylands corridors, area plans, specific plans, redevelopment plans, huge fees, fines) that farmers are losing their lands altogether. County roads are not being paved. The push is for people to get off of the land, become more dependent, come into the cities. These infrastructure changes are to push people off of rural lands, out of the suburbs and into the “Smart Growth” cities so they can loose their civil liberties and become more dependent.
Bikes? What does that have to do with it? I like to ride my bike and so do you. So what? Bicycle advocacy groups are very powerful now. Advocacy, a fancy word for lobbying, influencing, the public and politicians. What’s the connection with bike groups? National groups such as Complete Streets, Thunderhead Alliance, and others, have training programs teaching their members to pressure for “redevelopment” and training select candidates for office. It’s not just about bike lanes, it’s about remaking cities and rural areas to the ‘sustainable model’. High density urban development without parking for cars is the goal.
Complete Streets is a national group which is composed of many member groups who lobby for a total redesign of streets to accommodate bicycles. I have a series of morphing photographs from their website showing a major arterial street in a generic city, which morphs as the photo changes from having no bike lanes to having them. That isn’t all that changes, though, the buildings are completely replaced on both sides of the street. Where people once had viable businesses, shops, and homes, the new “vision” is ground floor retail, built to the edge of the sidewalk with two floors of condos above and parking behind in an alley, one car per unit or less. In some areas this design plan is a requirement for development. This is where the ideology of Agenda 21’s social engineering and the actuality of remaking of our cities through land use planning comes together. Smart Growth and Complete Streets are element of Agenda 21.
Thanks to Rosa Koire and www.democratsagainstunagenda21.com for this thorough reply, it still doesn’t satisfy me though. I like to see the documentation, either of the program or from towns that have gone through it, showing that these accusations are indeed what is happening with the “complete Streets” program. The search continues.
My other articles on the issue of “sustainable development” can be found here – https://vermont4evolution.wordpress.com/?s=ICLEI these articles refer to an NGO called ICLEI now known as “Local Governments for Sustainability”. Though ICLEI has pretty much purged their website of United Nations references, their long time partnership is documented here –freedomadvocates