A proposal to haul old ships to Oregon for salvage and recycling presents a classic case of economic development versus environmental protection.
"Oregon prides itself on its coast. Wild and pristine. Open to the public and not fenced off by wealthy landowners. But in recent years, the area also has seen steep declines in traditional industries, timber and fishing.
...So a proposal to haul old ships here for salvage and recycling presents a classic case of economic development versus environmental protection. The new business would mean well-paying jobs turning ship hulls into valuable scrap metals. But it also brings with it concerns about toxic materials - asbestos, waste oil, lead paint, mercury, PCBs, and radioactive substances - seen as threats to marine life."
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The focus on gentrifying communities has, in many cases, eclipsed the similar problems facing more stagnant neighborhoods.
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Voters approved a $9.9 billion bond for the California High Speed Rail project in 2008. State legislators would like that money to be spent in other ways in 2021.
Why Tech-Utopian City Plans Fail
Like others before him, e-commerce billionaire Marc Lore wants to build the ideal city from scratch. Urban experts don't have much faith in his chances.
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