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Joe Alfandre Tours the Kentlands: One of the Most Successful Planned Communities in America

by Robert John Stevens, March 2, 2017

Joe Alfandre is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was in my ward in Potomac, Maryland. He created the Kentlands, one of the most successful planned communities in America and a model for all subsequent planned communities to study. In this interview he also describes subsequent mistakes:

https://vimeo.com/8040553

Years ago I scheduled a time to visit with Joe and his wife. We met in Potomac Village at a restaurant. I complimented him for his great accomplishment and emphasized how the Kentlands was so often studied with great interest, and that was anxious to learn some of his insights. I was both amazed and disheartened by his response: He said the great thing about planning a community was that I could do it however I wished.

I don’t remember other comments but I do remember we discussed how planning urban communities was a function of inquiring what the people wanted and making it fit with the history and landscape of the area.

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Constitution Mormons

Did the LDS Church Publicly Abandon Mentioning the U.S. Constitution?

by Robert John Stevens, August 8, 2016

Searching old LDS Conference Reports for the word constitution, the data shows the LDS Church abandoned mentioning the U.S. constitution in public:

1850s 1860s 1870s 1880s 1890s 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s
226 155 104 249 57 75 203 202 185 243 139 160 80 42 10 10  

However, search LDS.org for the word constitution and see many search results.


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