Destiny, Florida - America's First Eco-Sustainable City

Friday, March 13, 2009 Posted by Shattered Paradigm

Located in deep in central Florida, the city named Destiny will be America's first eco-sustainable city and it will be the largest planned "environmental development" in America. Is this just a blip on the radar, or will environmentally friendly planned cities become the wave of the future?

Covering 41,300 across 65 square miles, the city of Destiny plans to utilize the latest in environmental technology to create America's cleanest and most environmentally friendly community. Some of the features of this new community will include....

• Hundreds Of Miles Of Walking And Riding Trails
• 200 Miles Of Navigable Waterways
• A Clean Tech Zone & Green Collar Job Hub
• A 400 Acre Energy Research Park
• It Is Located Just 4 Hours from 15 Million Consumers
• A NexGen Airport With Mixed-Use Terminal
• A Multi-Modal Transportation System
• Less Than 60 Percent Of The City's Land Will Be Developed

Randy Johnson, the COO of Destiny, says this about the plans for the city:

"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 are for Destiny to be surrounded by waterways, lakes, open spaces, and agriculture buffers in order to prevent the future possibility of "urban sprawl". There are also plans to build homes "in every price range" in order to "encourage diversity". Is that practical? I guess we'll find out when one family realizes that they paid twice as much for their house as their neighbors did.

Developer Anthony V. Pugliese, III and Fred DeLuca, the cofounder of Subway restaurants, worked together to buy the land for Destiny in 2005. The city is located within easy driving distance of Vero Beach, Orlando and Disney World.

So will this work? Are eco-sustainable cities a realistic proposition in an economy and a real estate market that are falling apart? Can an environmental "utopia" really be achieved?

Perhaps not, but you have to give them credit for trying.


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