Smart Growth Vs. Environmental Activism

With the need for more housing in California, should a frog and a flower determine the housing future?

According to one planning expert, Ahmanson Ranch, in Venutra County, CA., "stands at the intersection of smart growth and environmental activism in California." In 1992, the project won national awards for a design sensitive to environmental concerns. Just before ground-breaking in 1998, a fragile flower and a frog were discovered on the property and a new movement to kill the project was born. Critics want the ranch sold for park-land.

Thanks to Gwenn Hilburn

Full Story: Ahmanson Ranch Mired in Political Tug of War

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