Andrés Duany is an Urban Planner from Florida. This short video contains excerpts from his speech at the kickoff of the update to the Master Plan of seven Floridian counties, called “Seven50”. It is similar to the NH program called Granite State Future. The process used by these ‘new urbanist’ agencies is similar all over the country. The architect of the “Seven50” plan is Andrés Duany.

South Florida is fighting the same type of planning that New Hampshire will be facing as well as every other state in the union. Fortunately, informed Florida citizens rose up and challenged the plan. So far, 2 out of 7 counties have withdrawn from the plan. They were rightfully alarmed by the heavy-handed, top-down planning. This is a very shortened version of a presentation that he made about the plan and which contains some very damning statements. His statements are indicative of the attitude of these ‘New Urbanists’.

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Duany himself is the founder of the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU). If you have read their mission you will see that they feel your home on one acre is not a ‘real neighborhood’ and part of their mission is to reclaim it for stack-and-pack high density housing such as the project that was rejected for behind the Bedford Village Inn. This is what they feel is ‘community’ and they want to force it upon you, even in areas like Bedford that do not want or need a walkable city center.

New urbanists believe that your homes in rural settings are toxic. Urbanist Brent Toderian is quoted as saying that because your homes are “bankrupting municipal budgets, creating epidemics of preventable diseases, and helping to cause climate change — that’s how you start a conversation about why the suburbs need to change, and why more of our growth should go to infill and transit-oriented development.”

Duany’s company is called Duany Plater Zyberk & Company. DPZ Partners (DPZ; formerly Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company) is a Miami, Florida-based architecture and town planning firm founded in 1980 by the husband-and-wife team of Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk. It is one of the dominant firms specializing in ‘new urbanist’ town planning in the United States and other countries, having completed designs for over 300 new and existing communities. In addition to Duany and Plater-Zyberk, DPZ’s Partners include Galina Tachieva, Marina Khoury, Senen M. A. Antonio and Matthew J. Lambert.

Interesting to note that the firm hired by Bedford Planners is Town Planning and Urban Design Collaborative (TPUDC-LLC) whose lead planner is W. Brian Wright. Wright’s credentials include having been an employee of Duany’s company. He is also the founder of the Next Generation of New Urbanists.

Some of the most disturbing statements made by Duany… paraphrased here except where quotes are used:

– no need for public discussion, or bottom up government – just pass the plan
– local control should cede to regional government
– cities are the base of control, within regions
– fewer number of people should make the decisions at the state level
– if you don’t agree, we will crush you
– “The nations are less important.”
– any regional government can throw an election
– Miami, Florida and then the US, then the United Nations (suggests bypassing town and county government for regions, and the Constitution for the UN)
– humans are the problem, “the only ethical thing to do is kill babies”
– “fascism, say what you like, but it’s efficient”

A shorter version is here:

The full version of his speech at the kickoff, with the more shocking statements, can be found here:

Here, Duany explains the philosophy of urbanism:

Basically, Duany wants to impose HIS idea of what ‘neighborhood’ is, on YOU.

Whenever you are being asked for ‘input’ it is good to know where your manipulators are coming from.

Read more about TPUDC-LLC’s principle, W. Brian Wright.