Social and business communities thrive in close proximity. Yet, as Robert Caro explained long ago in The Power Broker, Robert Moses had a bias to build things like parkways and bridges that enabled cars and their passengers in and around New York and especially on Long Island. This led to community-destroying urban sprawl. The better approach is to create higher density, better functioning city centers where people and communities can thrive – infilling. Good for towns. Good for teams.
- Invest in culture. You must tackle this. You must migrate your people in the right direction (even if it involves a trek through the desert).
- Focus on the core. Don’t waste your time on the edges in suburban or satellite team cul-de-sacs. Go right after the city or team center where positive changes can gain momentum quickly.
- Eclipse the old ways. Don’t fight the old guard, detractors, or the entrenched planning commission. Instead, strengthen your contributors and infill with extraordinary people to seed the future.