20/20 Vision for Concord, NH: City of Villages*

A group of civic-minded residents teamed with the City of Concord to address coming challenges including projected population expansion of 8000 residents in 20 years, the proposed widening of I-93, a planned Manchester Airport expansion, increasing concern over the preservation of open space, and the creation of urban growth boundaries within the city.  Vision 20/20 for Concord, NH was the result of a major planning grant from the Federal Highway Administration.

The students explored:

·       What information residents need to know to make informed choices about their future city

·       How we can diversify the economy and support a vibrant downtown

·       If the can city grow while protecting open space and recreational spaces and pathways

·       How the planning process can help to create the political will to implement the vision