A Whale of a Savings

Clark Williams-Derry has been searching the horizon for the Moby Dick of smart growth statistics, and he's found it in a new study out of UC Irvine.

"University of California researchers David Brownstone and Thomas Golob have looked at the relationship between residential density and driving habits, and concluded that:

Comparing two California households that are similar in all respects except residential density, a lower density of 1,000 housing units per square mile...implies an increase of 1,200 miles driven per year...and 65 more gallons of fuel used per household.

Thar she blows!!"

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Rex Density is the answer,

Rex

Density is the answer, but buildings are the problem - 80% of the emmissions problem comes from buildings. Do a story on NYC's extraordinary energy code. Trouble is -- all the money folks are busy talking new build, green this and that and that ain't where the problem is... there is your Moby mojo....

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