We have a diversity of businesses, of styles, of interests, that all play off of each other, and we have a diversity of dedicated clientele who are well-served by these businesses; and we have the diversity of integrated residential and commercial neighborhoods. As a forester, this makes lots of sense to me: diversity is the cornerstone of all healthy ecosystems. This extends from each smaller neighborhood to the larger entirety of Goshen.
I’m no great student of sociology or the history of urban planning, but I’m guessing that these two themes — human scale and diversity — are reaction to and push-back against a century long urban trend of bigger-faster-more-is-better and the notion that physically separating essential facets of our lives is unavoidable. Of course, we in Goshen aren’t the only community naming these ideas. And certainly we have been talking about and working on these ideas for some time already.
I think the work we are defining for ourselves is to further protect and provide for human scale and diversity in Goshen. No easy task, but we’re up to it.
Aaron Sawatsky-Kingsley is Goshen’s urban forester. He can be reached at email@example.com or at 537-0986.