Saratoga's New 'Anti-Development' Mayor

Valerie Keehn rode a wave of resentment over new development in Saratoga Springs to become the city's new mayor, surprising many, and worrying the development and planning communities.
January 3, 2006, 9am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"Her campaign ads would lead voters to believe she is absolutely against development," said Alfio "Sonny" Bonacio, whose $300,000-and-up Franklin Square condominiums have helped change the face, and economics, of downtown

...James Kunstler, a city resident and writer who has made a living critiquing urban planning and berating developers whose designs cater to cars and not people, said he and others were "alarmed" by some of Keehn's statements in the election campaign.

'Her idea that there is a relationship between population density at the urban core and automobile traffic is entirely fallacious,' Kunstler said. 'Most of the time the cars [belonging to condominium owners] are just sitting in the garage.'"

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Published on Monday, January 2, 2006 in Business Review / MSNBC
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