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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Thomas Hylton to Speak in Boone

hylton.jpgBOONE–Thomas Hylton will speak on the topic “Save Our Lands, Save Our Towns” on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center’s Broyhill Room at Appalachian State University.

For the last five decades, Americans have unwittingly pursued a policy of abandoning their cities and towns, ravaging the countryside with sprawling development, and destroying a sense of community in the process.

In a 45-minute slide presentation, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist shows how 12 states – from Vermont to Oregon – have used comprehensive planning to provide a better future for their citizens.

A comprehensive plan is a means of focusing on the future, encouraging people to think about what they want their communities to become, writing those ideals down as goals, and describing implementation actions.

In adopting plans, most communities have reached remarkably similar conclusions about what they need—they want to build real communities, not sprawling development.

Hylton argues that by encouraging a more neighborhood-centered way of life (in villages, towns, and cities) Americans will preserve farmland and open space, protect the environment, reduce crime and chronic poverty, provide upward mobility for the poor, and make the country a more pleasant and prosperous place to live.

His appearance is the third of a three-part series titled “Building an Economically Healthy Downtown: The Basis for a Prosperous Community.”

The sponsors of this series are a partnership of organizations that include Appalachian State University, the N.C. Division of Community Assistance, Asheville Downtown Association, AdvantageWest, HandMade in America, Quality Forward, Asheville City Development Office, and the Boone Committee on Community Character.

Funding for the events has been made possible by grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission and AdvantageWest Regional Partnership.

Contact: Dr. Garry V. Cooper, Department of Geography and Planning, Appalachian State University, (828) 262-7051