June 20,2016 - Babcock Ranch is a New-Age Town in an Old Natural Setting
by Gary Mooney
June 16, 2016
The New Today: Babcock Ranch Lights Up Southwest Florida Horizon
When asked the best part of Babcock Ranch, John enthuses that “all the parts are cool and that’s what makes it so cool! You can just live here quietly, start a business or own a restaurant, begin a new life or chapter to your life, have kids or be retirees, all with the most advanced technological infrastructure. Babcock Ranch is a new-age town in an old natural setting, mixing yesterday’s heritage with tomorrow’s innovations. It is livable, flexible, and sustainable.” In analyzing drawbacks, construction will go on for a long time. “Neighbors need to understand there will be dust and workers for the foreseeable future,” he explains.
“When I grew up I could name the family in every house all down the street; today you may wave to your nameless neighbors. People yearn for that earlier, simpler, more gracious life.” – John Hillman
John concludes by describing his vision of Babcock Ranch and the larger issue of sustainability: “Keeping a good thing going for a long, long time in a crazy uncertain world. Energy is just the tip of the iceberg as, to me, social sustainability is just as crucial. My hope for Babcock Ranch is that it becomes a true community of neighbors, where relationships matter more than property values and utility costs, because at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is each other. Social sustainability is of primary importance; that is why in the Triple Bottom Line of Sustainability – People, Place, & Profit – People are always first.”