Have you ever heard of a city named Destiny? Located in central Florida, the city named Destiny is being designed to become the very first first eco-sustainable city in the United States. In fact, when it is completed it will be the largest "planned environmental development" ever created. The hope is that Destiny will be such a smashing success that it will be a model and an inspiration for similar environmentally friendly cities all over the world.
Covering a very impressive 64 square miles, the city of Destiny plans to implement the latest in environmental technology in order to create America's cleanest and most environmentally sustainable community.
The following are just a few of the ammenities that this new community will feature....
• Hundreds Of Miles Of Walking And Riding Trails (Wow!)
• Over 200 Miles Of Navigable Waterways
• A Clean Tech Zone & A Green Job Hub
• A 400 Acre Clean Energy Research Park
• The City Is Located Just 4 Hours From Over 15 Million Consumers
• A Next Generation, Environmentally Friendly Airport
• A "Multi-Modal" Clean Energy Transportation System
• A Promise That Less Than 60 Percent Of The City's Land Will Be Developed
Randy Johnson, the COO of the city, has made the following statement about the plans for Destiny:
"The vision of the Destiny team is to develop a truly sustainable community, which guarantees the preservation and protection of the region's land and its natural habitats, while also providing unique employment opportunities."
The plans call for Destiny to literally be surrounded by waterways, lakes, open spaces and agricultural buffers in order to completely prevent the possibility of "urban sprawl". There are also plans to build some homes "in every price range" in order to "encourage diversity".
But is that really practical? After all, when one family realizes that they paid twice as much for their house as their neighbors did, what will they think about that?
In any event, you have to give them credit for trying.
Developer Anthony V. Pugliese, III and Fred DeLuca, the cofounder of Subway restaurants, worked together to buy the land for the city of Destiny in 2005. Their unique vision for an environmentally friendly community is literally making headlines all over the world.
So will this work? Are eco-sustainable cities a realistic proposition in an economy and a real estate market that are coming apart at the seams? Can an environmental "utopia" really be achieved in this day and age?
Perhaps not, but at least they are giving it their best shot. They are doing their best to make a difference for the environment. What are YOU doing to improve things?