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This will really add to our conversations once it is implemented all over Houston. And it could create so many arguments in town that nothing will ever get built again.

CHARM makes answering questions about development nearly as easy as using the popular SIM City computer games. With a light pen marking an image projected onto a piece of butcher paper taped to a table, anyone can draw a circle around their neighborhood and find out how it would be affected by a storm the size of Hurricane Ike, whether it could support a community store or a bus stop. The answers come within seconds.

The area covered by CHARM, southern Harris County and all of Galveston County, is expected to grow from its current population of 628,000 to more than 1 million by 2035. CHARM's developers wanted to give planners and the public instant answers on the consequences of planning or not planning for that growth.

Read more: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7597057.html#ixzz1OW7knFuY

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