Ken Groves: A Model Planning Director

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Last week Montgomory's planning director, Ken Groves, passed away. Ken Groves had been the city's planning director for nearly ten years. During that time he worked hard to revitilize Montgomory's downtown. Ken was a firm believer in New Urbanism and Smart Growth. In 2006 he pushed the City Council to adopt a SmartCode, which allowed mixed-use development in Montgomory's downtown. He wanted Montomory to once again be a place people wanted to live, shop, and visit. Before he died, Ken said, "You know, Montgomery is really starting to become a place where people want to come downtown again ... This is really becoming a special place." Ken should be remembered as a man who firmly believed in the power of a traditional neighborhood. He is a model for what a good planning director should be.

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