Green Drinks Hackensack, meeting notes, 12 Nov 2012

In N.J., perhaps due to lots of small towns, planning seems to have no critical mass, no substantive overview; focused on zoning applications; master plan has no real standards;
Safe Routes to School
Amsterdam, 3 level of bike parking completely full
recycling not helped when towns take everything in dumpster, regardless of whether it is appropriate
first amendment rights at malls; The Green Party vs. Hartz Mountain; malls are public fora, modern town squares; hypothetical risks can not be considered
for-profit private prison industry; three strikes laws
Colorado and Washington, passed recreational marijuana laws, what about federal laws requiring antidrug policies for funds (much as speed limit laws are required for funding); they may be test cases for breaking those federal laws
wedges been driven between sectors of society
CohousingUSA (monthly newsletter) J. Cloud, ISE (Institute for Sustainable Enterprise), Fairleigh Dickinson, Madison. Attempting to try to put together community, purchase land, etc., for cohousing project
1980s Delaware, concept started
project with individual apartments, common washer/dryer, common kitchen (round robin meals)
community-based enterprise, unity economics; many models
why does every bride feel that she needs to own a gown; why not borrowing or rental?
one regular attendee is looking to create community compost site in Hackensack
(Sally stopped taking notes to get on Occupy Sandy NJ nightly conference call, 9 p.m.)

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