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F U T U R E T H I N K DATA
Can a post-COVID-19 new reality work for Weston? How does this fit with Millennial page? How about with the SELECTMEN? MARKETING & COMMUNICATION ...ABOUT WESTON?
"About Weston" website uses young man as symbol of hope and change...
Whenever we begin a new sub-page there is always a reason. What is
discussed will be different from anywhere else on this website.
Check out racism in the theatre here: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/23/theater/robert-ohara-torrey-townsend-off-broadway.html
Board of Selectmen 2021-2023 : Amy, Martin and Samantha ("Sam")
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee to the Board of Selectmen
We attend three meetings (April 12, March 29 and opening one November
23, 2020)...and have made almost all since...not since mid-2021,
D.E.I. met Monday 1-31-22 at 7pm on Zoom for an hour plus...
- Agenda included collaborative effort for D.E.I. recognition in schools;
- To appear at next Selectmen's meeting 2-3-22 re: DEI link/message on Town website;
- Discussed W.I.S. music songbook/MLK DAY issue.
D.E.I. COMMITTEE MEETS TO ORGANIZE PRESENTATION TO BOARD OF SELECTMEN AT 7pm
Thursday Jan. 20, 2022. DRAFT items attached above.
D.E.I. Tues. Nov. 30, 2021 - working session one hour long -
gives high marks to police for doing "PEP" program!!! Plan to
quarterly brief their appointing authority.
- Not yet one-year on, and many accomplishments - DEI has encouraged Police to engage with community more;
- No quorum, but 2nd Selectman in attendance and discussions of agenda items & review, no votes.
D.E.I. established 4 recommendations for Selectmen to consider at next meeting they have.
AGENDA MONDAY MAY 10, 2021, 7:30pm - 8pm plus. Public chimes in - great job by Chair.
D.E.I. ADVISORY COMMITTEE 3 recommendations for action plus one other - unanimous:
1. Civilian Review Board
2. Police Engagement
3. Local action to add calls to 911 not be referenced to race and
penalties for doing so - enforce this bill
For reference here is 2020 Special Session Police Accountablity legislation: https://www.cga.ct.gov/2020/act/Pa/pdf/2020PA-00001-R00HB-06004SS1-PA.PDF
D.E.I. cancels Special Meeting at 6:30pm before rescheduled Police
Commission. May 6, 2021, see above Police Commission...First
D.E.I. Advisory Committee 7pm Monday May 3rd at 7pm -
9pm and raw and real comments by various social groups of all manners of
true angst in Weston revealed.
Discussion with Sen. Haskell Monday
evening ran from 7pm to 9pm. Complaint discussed and will be
watched by 4-dozen attendees. Chair. of Board of Finance, 2nd Selectman present.
POLICE COMMISSION Zoom next night flooded by those and others (see above). A 21st Century sit-in?
Too many flood the call and limit of 100 reached. And on another note, Easton holds budget referendum, approved, resolution linking racism and public health goes down.
EVC RE-BORN THANKS TO ORIGINAL EVC CHAIR POINTING OUT THERE WAS NO "THERE THERE" IN CHARGE TO FIRST GROUP
NOTE: Economic Vitality Committee
met for "2.0" launch - 2nd Selectman Nestor emphasizing that the new charge
is more what the Selectmen meant in the first place.
VERY IMPORTANT LINKS TO SPECIAL SESSION AUGUST 2020
Judiciary Committee and Planning & Development Chairs. join forces. While Finance Revenue & Bonding Co-Chair says this.
TOWN PLAN 2020 INSIGHTS
DOES WESTON THINK SMALL? Perhaps because of this fact? What's a "Village District?"
HOW COULD A VILLAGE DISTRICT WORK IN WESTON?
- IS IT RELATED TO
DESEGREGATINGCT? AS A MATTER OF FACT, THOSE PROPOSING THIS IDEA MAY THINK IT DOES .
New Weston Town Plan of C&D calls for it...Ridgefield code language handy reference. How does the Village District relate to city densities?
DOWNTOWN, WHERE ALL THE LIGHTS ARE BRIGHT, MAYBE. PETER'S MARKET IN THE DISTANCE.
From the ONION BARN: Link to
the views to the East (to Town Hall), the North (Hurlbutt) and the South
(Norfield Corners Historic District)
HOW DOES FORM-BASED ZONING WITHIN A VILLAGE DISTRICT WORK?
How to implement stuff? And how to use design of urban spaces to foster community expression?
In Weston, we have a pretty good idea. Draw a Plan that is
ready-for-action! Town Plan implementation #1 - walking paths!
- So much is going on in the Central Part of Town right now, not the least of which is in the neighborhood of Norfield Church.
- NEXT: Support the Beautification (i.e. of mind, spirit and temperament)
Committee unification plan for the Center of Weston's "greensward."
2021 WESTON TURNOVER REPORT: https://patch.com/connecticut/ridgefield/where-are-all-people-who-moved-ct-during-pandemic
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
We have never attended one of this entity's meeting, so we'll drop in
virtually tonight! Question: Who is "on" MCAC? Answer
Marketing & Communications Committee (2 year term) as stated in LWV of Weston "Know Your Town"
Andrew Palladino, Chair., Jon Achar, Gavin Guerra, Leslie Riback, Ilene Richardson, Agata Tria, vacancy, alternate.
Do they relate to other entities?
Marketing & Communication Advisory Committee
June 10, 2020, 7:30pm via ZOOM; AGENDA
Present: Andrew, Leslie, Ilene, Agata
Brief discussion of George Floyd rally last weekend and "how this might inform future endeavors of the community"
How can MCAC include footage in its presentations. How does June
29, 2020 report in CT Mirror apply? For more click: CT Mirror article.
Real estate Marketing Presentation
Update on Town website relaunch
June 15th? News feed...Randi "gatekeeper"
Compilation of assets
As we know, Weston is drop dead gorgeous - they want pictures.
OUR SCHOOL ROAD BASE MAP. HOW MANY DIFFERENT BOARDS, COMMISSIONS & COMMITTEES ARE INVOLVED IN ITS FUTURE DEVELOPMENT?
- Board of Education - via being in charge of the
schools. Any impact from right above (catch the Norwalk HOUR
series - this is part one)?
- Board of Selectmen - Town roads.
- Parks & Recreation Commission - pool in WMS, and summer camps.
- Conservation Commission - lots of wetlands.
- Planning and Zoning Commission - the idea guys - since Town is exempt from zoning on its own property...
- Police Commission - "Mile of Safety" and S.R.O.'s.
- Building Committee (serving the Selectmen) - reviews all plans for construction by Town and many by schools.
- Library Board. Just
because. And quite a few more including Beautification Committee
and their "walkability" initiative.
Have we missed any? Oh yes, the Facilities
Optimization Committee. As well as Town Meeting - which
controls the purse strings beyond the budget process.
We used the U.S. Census of Retail Trade to confirm some trends in New Bedford, MA (not shown here).
SUBURBAN MALLS APPLYING FOR RE-USE, TOO!
In 2021 while large cities are arguably shrinking, can CT lead the way in re-use of building forms designed for a prep-COVID-19?
NEW TOWNS CAME FIRST.
EARLY ON IN GRADUATE SCHOOL I WAS STILL THINKING ABOUT ARCHITECTURAL SOLUTIONS TO MAKING A PERFECT CITY. HISTORIC
AND ARCHITECTURAL LAND MARKS IS HUDSON NEW YORK AND DESIGNING A
PLAN TO MAKE HUDSON BASE ITS GROWTH UPON ITS RICH ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY
WAS WHERE I ENDED UP UPON COMPLETING THIS TRAINING.
STREET CORNERS CAME NEXT...AND NOW RETURN AS WE BEGIN OUR RESEARCH PHASE
FOR AN ABOUT TOWN VERSION OF THE WESTON TOWN PLAN FOR 2020.
FAST FORWARD TO PHD STUDIES...I BEGAN RESEARCH BY VISITING THE CONCEPT
OF HUMAN INTERACTION USING ONE CORNER OF MAIN STREET, WESTPORT, AND THE
PEDESTRIAN MALLS WERE WHERE WE SETTLED.
THIS BECAME AN ORIGINAL IDEA CONSIDERED ACADEMICALLY "ORIGINAL" AS WE EXPANDED IT NATIONWIDE. TEN MEDIUM SIZED CITIES THAT CLOSED STREETS TO TRAFFIC TO CREATE DOWNTOWN PEDESTRIAN MALLS
IN THE MID 1960'S, WAS OUR TOPIC. MEASURE LAND USE CHANGES IN ALL
FLOORS OF BUILDINGS IN MALL STREET, PARALLEL STREET AND CROSS
STREET. FIVE YEARS BEFORE MALL OPENED, FIVE YEARS AFTER THE MALL
ABOUT TOWN RESEARCH - CHAPTER WAS INCLUDED IN SHOPPING CENTERS U.S.A.:
BILL TO BE REVIVED IN UPCOMING SESSION(S)?
Former Rep. Camillo now First Selectman of Greenwich
As ex-Gov. Malloy branded CT..."still revolutionary after all these years." Or something like that.
WHO'S LOOKING TO THE FUTURE?
SO MANY CREATIVE IDEAS ALONG WITH...FOOD!
Speaking of re-imagining things, how about a
Cobb's Mill Inn come again for the new reality if living and
working in the woods?
A thoughtful study by PBS: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/3-ways-that-the-u-s-population-will-change-over-the-next-decade
So now we know...
WHAT IS THE ECONOMIC FUTURE OF WESTON?
L-R - Survey/Research, Economic Vitality (2 - only 1 shown), Senior Services Director, Library Director
Re-revitalizing cities as well as creating nimble industry. Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson brief video
Tracking by Apple. And Google, their methodology: https://www.gstatic.com/covid19/mobility/2020-03-29_US_Mobility_Report_en.pdf
A MUST READ THOUGHT PIECE
From the NYTIMES 5-24-20: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/23/opinion/sunday/the-end-of-the-new-world-order.html
And in case you missed this COVID-19 news: https://nypost.com/2020/05/24/wuhan-lab-admits-to-having-three-live-strains-of-bat-coronavirus/
COVID-19, 5-12-20: There are good things about advancing
communications technology. Can we make a better world with
NOTE "POPULATION" clip from long article
Maybe Weston knew how to plan for the future after all?
IF "1984" THE NOVEL WAS A LONG TIME AGO, SO IS "2001" THE MOVIE
On another note, just as Westport brought us the first COVID-19 cases,
they were the first to put their toe in the water on (l) another