Smart growth

The Advocate runs a story on urban planner Hudnut’s speech on “smart growth” in the Independent’s lecture series. “Smart growth” is about communities’ taking control of their future by deciding what they would like to see their city become and taking an active role in moving in that direction.

So it’s not surprising that Hudnut, amidst praise for local culture and concern about the lack of downtown housing, had praise for Lafayette’s fiber to the home plan. From the story:

“He said he’s impressed by Lafayette’s attempt to embrace ‘what some call the new economy’ — referring to the push by the city-parish government and the Lafayette Utilities System to provide high-speed Internet, telephone and cable television services via fiber-optic lines to homes and businesses in the city.

‘The idea of running fiber out to the houses is a remarkable idea,’ Hudnut said. ‘It’s very visionary.’

Hudnut said wiring the entire city with such broadband capacity is ‘something that would put you on the cutting edge of the new information technologies that will be a driver in the 21st century.'”

It’s always nice when folks who should know recognize the value of what Lafayette is trying to do.