California

Capturing the complexities and competing forces at play in major metro areas stumps many writers who face the challenge.
Yesterday   The Planning Report
<p>Officials in Los Angeles have renamed the former "South Central" to remove the stigma of riots in the 1990's. But some business owners and residents say that's had a greater negative consequence than keeping the old name would have.</p>
Jul 9, 2008   The Los Angeles Times
<p>Southern Californians, facing some of the worst gas prices in the country, are experimenting with taking public transit, as these personal stories from the Los Angeles Times attest.</p>
Jul 9, 2008   The Los Angeles Times
<p>Joel Kotkin's recent LA Times Op-Ed is critiqued by Bill Fulton of the California Planning and Development Report. Fulton argues the suburban areas Kotkin defends are actually urbanizing, whereas true suburbia show signs of becoming the new slums.</p>
Jul 8, 2008   California Planning and Development Report
The Wall Street Journal looks at this "smart growth" thing, and considers the model of Sacramento, CA (actually, most of the footage is of neighboring Davis) in an article and accompanying video.
Jul 7, 2008   Wall St. Journal
<p>It has been a long time since the State of California was a public policy innovator. But a draft plan for implementing a greenhouse gas reduction law places California right on the cutting edge.</p>
Jul 7, 2008   California Planning & Development Report
<p>T.J. Kelly was finding it difficult to squeeze in exercise, and looking at his rising commute costs. A new co-worker helped him turn his commute into a workout.</p>
Jul 2, 2008   Wall St. Journal
<p>Critic John King reflects on how common assumptions of Bay Area residents about urban growth boundaries and protesting nuclear power are challenged by the growing problem of climate change and energy access.</p>
Jul 2, 2008   The San Francisco Chronicle
<p>In what may be the silver lining of the current economic climate, high fuel costs and carbon restrained economies may spell the end for unsustainable planning and development patterns in California, according to Rick Cole, City Manager of Ventura.</p>
Jul 1, 2008   The Planning Report
<p>Cops in Toronto catch a criminal through GIS plotting, and reporter Sara Barbour takes us on a tour of other unusual new applications of GIS.</p>
Jun 30, 2008   Miller/McCune
<p>Energy-efficient vehicles,buildings, appliances, low carbon fuels,and renewable energy took center stage in the Climate Change Draft Scoping Plan released June 26 by the CA Air Resources Board, a major step in meeting the landmark AB 32 climate goals</p>
Jun 29, 2008   The San Francisco Chronicle