Capitalism cannot function without an updated and efficiently operating infrastructure.
As most things in nature, urban development is the growth of one layer over another. This seems also to be the nature of the physical elements of society.
Our economy, as it begins to be described here, is an extension of the organic nature of human beings living together in various size groupings.
As this writing is for Shorewood Now, it is only going to view the manner in which the layer effect relates to those of us living here in Shorewood and only to the extent that we may begin to understand infrastructuring, layering effect and the nature of growth within this process.
Community engagement in this process gives us a good basis for beginning to understand the content of the statements made here.
One of the reasons why communities are involved in tearing down buildings or upgrading them is to develop a basis for better utilization of the land on which these buildings were located.
Another reason is to attain a more efficient use of the the existing infrastructure and perhaps to add to or upgrade the infrastructure to a certain extent, contributing to the effect on the rest of the community, whether immediately or over a long period of time.
This then can be seen as a dynamic process, one of regular and constant growth. To a certain extent each redevelopment project changes the nature of the community in which it is located and causes the whole community to accommodate to it.
One of the most obvious aspects of the change that is brought about for example is the increased supply of car parking spaces.
Another obvious one is usually the increased building density, often requiring almost complete land coverage and a higher building, a “better” utilization of land.
We can see here a process of gradual change or a type of growth process. These redevelopment projects then do not stand still for 50 or 100 years. Market conditions change the status of any of these developments practically on a day to day basis.
Time calls for a continuous process of better utilization of the land and of the infrastructure, a continuous process of the community redeveloping itself.
The efficiency of the building and function of the added parking, for example, requires constant study. We should be looking at how to improve the process of constant redevelopment and its relationships with the changing market place.