One of the largest housing developments in Los Angeles County historyis held up by a nearly extinct toad.
Developers want to build a community of 22,000 homes on 12,000 acres at the edge of Los Angeles County.But this area is ecologically sensitive because it is habitat of the endangered Southwestern arroyo toad and other endangered species. With California's populationprojected to grow dramatically, efforts are intensifying to provide more housing and highways. While in California urban sprawl brings up environmental concerns, in otherstates, the arguments against sprawl are often economic."What we see going on around the country more andmore is that Americans feel their quality of life is affectedby rapid growth, with time spent in traffic and loss ofscenic areas."
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European Cities Act on Density
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Nashville Sets Downtown Parking Maximums
Nashville is the latest city to enact a substantive change to the parking requirements set by the city’s zoning code—doing away with parking minimums and setting parking maximums in the city’s Urban Zoning Overlay.
Houston Development Aims to Create Hyper-Walkable, Micro-Living Neighborhood
The 17-acre Second Ward project has spurred both optimism for a more walkable city and concerns about displacement and gentrification.
Lyft Pulls Micromobility From Los Angeles Area
The company will no longer provide shared bikes and scooters in the L.A. region, citing a ‘lack of longterm commitment’ from cities.
King County Water Treatment Station Set to Open
The facility is part of a plan to protect the Duwamish River from polluted runoff from overflowing sewer pipes.
Proposed Park Yet Another Hurdle for Houston Interstate Expansion
The Interstate 45 widening project, halted by a federal order and opposed by many local officials and organizations, could hit a new snag if White Oak Bayou becomes a city park.
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