• http://iloveconor.com iloveconor.com

    Ironically this subject was my major in Korea when I went to graduate school. Academia has a lot more influence in planning and development then you would think. Banks don’t give loans to investors without getting an educated opinion first.

  • R. Elgin

    Forget “investors” in Korea. Most are simply people trying to make money and have no real interest in investing in a community; they just want a good, quick return on their money.

    It struck me as interesting, in this article, that Middlebury College sent whole classes of students into this small town to interview people and observe, thus helping to raise the awareness of the needs and views of that community. It also struck me as a way a local college could be used to help reinvent a local community, introducing young people to a community where everyone raised there tended to move away to the big cities (like in Korea).

    Perhaps using local colleges to introduce new ideas for reviving smaller communities could be more effective than the current method of canal-style planning, complete with the “bu-dong-san” cheerleaders that hope to turn a quick profit. Grandiose, expensive schemes seem more destined for failure in an era of economic restraint and austerity, thus something more pragmatic and even unusual might work better. Frankly, in Korea, there is more to gain than lose in trying new approaches to old problems.