Calthorpe's Saltworks: Is it Smart Growth?

The Redwood City Saltworks development designed by Peter Calthorpe has taken a lot of flack from environmentalists -- and rightfully so, says John Parman, in particular for its susceptibility to potentially rising bay waters from global warming.

The project is being developed by agribusiness giant Cargill and LA developer DMB. Parman notes that the site - 1,435 acres of salt flats reaching into the San Francisco Bay - is a sort of greenfield, unlike potential sites in Oakland, for example, that already have infrastructure in place. Calthorpe, on the other hand, calls the site "a factory without a roof", and the proposal would restore some of the site as marshlands.

Parman writes, "Then there's the inconvenient matter of climate change. Redwood Shores is the product of another era's thinking. Its most recent addition, Pacific Shores, was approved more than 20 years ago. Last year, the California Climate Adaptation Strategy report from California's Natural Resources Agency made it clear that new development in areas subject to sea-level rise is a really bad idea. In June, the Army Corps of Engineers also weighed in, finding that Saltworks needs a permit under the U.S. Clean Water Act of 1972. That's a big hurdle. Is Redwood City paying attention?"

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Smart growth. New Urbanism. Blah blah blah. Looks like old fashioned Urban Renewal with a curvilinear street system. Oh, and the promise of marshlands restoration (good luck) as the environmental sweetener. Best to take these plans over to China or to the Middle East, where whole cities will be built in the time it takes to process the Corps of Engineers permit on SF Bay.

Urban Renewal? You gotta be kidding?

Urban Renewal? This is not.
Tell the truth for once.
Urban Renewal is about revitalizing urban neighborhoods-- This is not a inner city neighborhoo.

In 1961, Jane Jacobs published The Death and Life of Great American Cities, one of the first—and strongest—critiques of contemporary large-scale urban renewal. However, it would still be a few years before organized movements began to oppose urban renewal.

Closing our eyes and selling out?

Sprawl Development backed by Peter Calthorpe? Geez. am I reading this CORRECTLY? Calthorpe – who helped DMB and Cargill design Saltworks insists that this is SMART growth? Haven't we had enough of Multinational private corporate and developer greed & plunder of Mother Earth and then seling it to us as another New wonder that is good for us? "Just shut up", they tell us-- "we know best!" they say.

It would be more prudent to work with nature and let nature be free in this place. It is aunique ecosystem! No-- we don't need more humans there! No- it is not a Factory that qualifies for infill. Snakeoil salesman did not die out with the old West!

Just because Cargill Incorporated, a Minneapolis-based food, agricultural and risk management company, bought the Leslie Salt company does not mean they can lord it over Mother Nature or us with Calthorpe cheerleading.

Calthorpe has changed his stripes for the mighty dollar? Is he No longer following his own widely acclaimed Bibles of preaching urban infill ---meaning in actual cities where slumlord speculators are sitting on prime use land---and he is now creating more sprawl?

I am throwing his books away. Calthorpe is a shyster and opportunist.

Cargill strongly supports neo-liberal economic principles as part of its business model.

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