Toads Vs. Developers

One of the largest housing developments in Los Angeles County historyis held up by a nearly extinct toad.

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July 6, 2000, 12:10 PM PDT

By Abhijeet Chavan @

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."

Thanks to Abhijeet Chavan

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