Expansion on the west side of Gainesville has been truly successful, but Plum Creek has a vision to expand the region of East Gainesville, while improving transportation and jobs and maintaining ecological balance. However, planners predict that, with the same pace of development in Alachua, there will be congestion 30 years from now. Plum Creek was recently tasked with road-use estimates for 2045 in order to help develop new solutions for the city.
Plum Creek estimates will have to account for ever increasing technology, and there are also other actions that could be taken to improve Alachua County. For example, Google is able to make driverless cars, which could be incredibly useful for decongesting streets with public transportation. In addition to Google’s inventions, expanding the East side of the county would decrease compressed streets in the county. Of course, improved transportation is impractical without people in the area to transport, which requires jobs and infrastructure.
With University of Florida providing many educated entrepreneurs and technology workers, Alachua benefits from an abundant supply of well-educated students, which in turn could help ease the expansion of East Gainesville. One problems Gainesville has faces is the desire of young entrepreneurs to looking for work in an area that is already successful, not one that is projected to be successful. High quality jobs require infrastructure, which requires tax money. The Plum Creek predictions will be a great starting point. And all hope is not lost, with entrepreneurs graduating from UF left and right. Gainesville may even foster the growth of the next Microsoft or Google.
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