60 Million Reasons For Smart Growth

Growing population makes it critical to address sprawl. This article includes a checklist for identifying eco-friendly city council candidates.
September 29, 2004, 10am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan
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"California will nearly double in population in the next 35 years.

Will those new Californians be clustered in affordable housing near employment and adjacent to transit stations, as in most other nations, or will a new wave of sprawl consume our last farms and natural areas?"

True conservative conservationists should note that sprawl takes funding away from currently developed areas that are already served by police, fire, schools, libraries, sanitation and so on, and it requires those services to be provided redundantly in remote areas. The result is that our core areas, which need good services the most, lose funding which instead supports low-density sprawl that does not have the tax base to cover required services."

Thanks to Abhijeet Chavan

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Published on Tuesday, September 28, 2004 in The Mercury News
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