God bless those planners inspired by nature who design streets with flowing curves.
Bless those who develop neighborhoods patterned like veined leaves.
Bless all those whose choices will last and last,
whose decisions we will live with for years.
Give them resources and the courage to use them wisely.
Let the underwriters be bold.
Let our zoning laws bend without breaking.
Let the earth rejoice in our habitation.


Photo of the Woodstream neighborhood of Marlton, New Jersey, created and developed by Chiusano Brothers, Inc. in the early 1960s.
Photo and text copyright 2018 by Danny N. Schweers.

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Kerry wrote:
So I'm just curious, did you take this aerial photo? Were you in an airplane? What was the occasion? A flight? A photography assignment? [The author replied: Yes, I was in an airliner flying into Philadelphia’s airport. Those jets really fly low over the New Jersey suburbs. Pray for everyone living in Marlton who has to put up with our noise!]

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