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It’s all one big home.

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It’s all one big home.

Our mission is to promote thoughtful development practices that respect a town’s character, preserve the natural environment, and consider both the size of houses and their affordability.


A town becomes a desired place to live or vacation. Old houses are sold to people with more disposable income and often dramatically different tastes and needs. Property values increase, making it hard for locals to afford to buy. Often driven by real estate speculation, older homes are replaced by new larger homes. The look and feel of the town changes, as does the sense of community. Is your town next?

To zoom into a state, click on it. To see how communities are tackling their development issues, click on the blue circles.

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Key Towns


Key Towns


Click on a town and read about their solutions.

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People


People


Change happens from the bottom up, when ordinary citizens stand up and take action. Meet a few of the individuals advocating for architectural modesty and community-informed zoning. Tell us your story.

Click on a profile to read more.


Take Action


Take Action


4 Simple Steps to Create Social Change

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TALK WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS—not just the people who agree with you, and not just people you know. Tell them the issue and how you would address it. Carefully listen to their responses.

 
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GATHER A GROUP OF PEOPLE who will work to create the proposed changes. Change comes from citizens like you. It will be helpful if your group includes a lawyer, gregarious types, and a person who can produce statistical research. State your case from several angles—some people respond to numbers, others prefer emotional arguments, etc.

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MEET WITH LOCAL LEADERS and attend the necessary meetings. Bring as many people as you can. Ask lots of questions, make your stance known, and understand other perspectives. Why do others think your issue needs (or doesn’t need) addressing? Ask your town to create a subcommittee to address the issue.

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GET OUT THE VOTE. Once you’ve determined how and where the issue will be discussed, debated, and ultimately voted on, make sure you get people to show up. This takes work on your part, and there really is strength in numbers.