In Key West -- where even one of these issues can prompt an argument -- affordable housing, parking and bicycle safety can't be solved in a two-hour forum.
But city leaders and members of the Florida Keys environmental group Last Stand want to get locals talking as a way to come up with solutions.
Last Stand will host a forum devoted to housing and traffic at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Eco-Discovery Center, 35 East Quay Road on the Truman Waterfront. After a brief social period, the program will start at 6 p.m. and end at 7:30.
"The city is close to taking actions that will have a long-term impact on the quality of life for Key West residents," said Mark Songer, Last Stand's president. "We're looking forward to a lively discussion and sharing of ideas."
Those actions include revisions to the affordable housing code, such as devoting all of Key West's building permit allocations to affordable housing, and allowing commercial properties to add housing units on site.
City Commissioner Sam Kaufman and Owen Trepanier, a private planner, will present policy proposals they say will help add to the housing stock.
Also speaking Thursday is the city's bicycle and pedestrian coordinator Chris Hamilton, who started work in January after the city created a $45,635 position to put back a job scrapped in 2008. Hamilton said he will share ideas he has experienced or studied in other cities.
The big picture is trying to guide residents and visitors from a car-centric approach, he said, to one that holds options.
"That includes transit, biking and other things -- car-sharing, bike-sharing," Hamilton said.
Providing transportation options encourages people to make one-way trips, Hamilton said, such as walking to a store and biking back by using a bike-share service rather than simply driving a car round trip.
"Biking stuff can't be done in a vacuum," Hamilton said Tuesday. "Yes, we can improve safety and get more people to bike the way it's been working in other places."