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Ten Actions For Cities In Response To Gulf Spill

Grist's Jonathan Hiskes spoke with smart growth leaders to devise strategies that municipalities, as opposed to U.S. government, can take to lessen oil dependency - that are financially sustainable, not overly dependent on technology, and ready to go

The ten strategies are based on land use, transportation, and smarter planning - but they do face political challenges. Lowering parking minimums and changing to form based codes may be resisted and may take time to be adopted as well as implemented. Notably missing are green building standards.

"I spoke with leaders of the Smart Growth movement, along with advocates for economic justice, to learn about solutions that don't require new technology and, in many cases, pay for themselves."

The first three recommendatings from Hiskes are:
1. Complete streets.
2. Build near transit
3. Let the market lead by reducing restrictions on compact, urban developments.

The remaining 7 strategies are in the original article.

Thanks to Weekly Grist

Full Story: 10 ways cities and towns can kick the offshore-oil habit

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