chapter  8
Overpainting sprawl as a sustainable landscape
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Similar to the work of Teddy Cruz, Darren Petrucci delved into the cultural and site-specific particularities of the locale as transformed by its urban inhabitants. Small projects were undertaken (sections of streetscape commercial neighborhoods, in fact) to acknowledge distinctive community behavior patterns and priorities. In doing so, he chose to reconsider current urban conditions of sprawl – most specifically underutilized or degraded urban spaces that others tend to ignore as an inevitable byproduct of unchecked development. Beyond cultivating a positive working relationship among neighborhood groups that, in turn, became active participants in the new development planning strategies, Petrucci’s community effectiveness was

planning offices can become willing partners, working in the best interest of often underrepresented neighborhoods, instead of being inflexible guardians of long-standing urban policies.