When Anti-Growth Goes Too Far

Will anti-growth activists in Santa Monica, California cause world-renowned think tank RAND to leave the city it has called home for 50 years?

Read Time: 1 minute

September 8, 2000, 1:00 PM PDT

By Chris Steins @urbaninsight

RAND's headquarters in Santa Monica, California has changed the course of international affairs. But if it is to stay in Santa Monica, it must relocate its proposed six-story headquarters from one end of the land it once owned to the small, odd-shaped parcel it retained at the other end. But the think tank’s efforts are being challenged by a staunch anti-growth city government and restricted by a development plan. It's departure would be a significant blow to the City, where RAND is one of the top 10 employers . Where does the need to limit growth end?

Thanks to Chris Steins

Friday, September 8, 2000 in LA Weekly


The Top Urban Planning Books of 2022

An annual list of the must-read books related to urban planning and its intersecting fields.

November 28, 2022 - James Brasuell

Urban separated bike lane with street trees on one side and cars parked on the other

How Urban Trees Save Lives

New research shows a strong connection between a healthy urban tree canopy and lowered mortality rates.

December 1, 2022 - Congress For New Urbanism

The website for Project Sidewalk shows a street with a menu for identifying issues with mobility infrastructure.

Top Websites for Urban Planning - 2022

Every year, Planetizen collects the websites breaking new digital ground in the world of planning and related fields.

December 6, 2022 - James Brasuell

Portland, Oregon street

Portland Moves Forward With Contentious Homelessness Strategy

The city’s plan to reduce the number of unhoused people has met with criticism, particularly for a proposal to ban encampment on public property citywide.

December 7 - Smart Cities Dive

View from back of two elderly people sitting on park bench

How Neighborhoods Impact Older Adults’ Resiliency to Climate Change

New research seeks to learn how homes, neighborhoods, and communities affect how older residents are affected by climate change.

December 7 - Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

Aerial view of small rural community in Kentucky with ild rolling hills and sparse development

Rural Communities Growing Faster Than Cities

After a decade of sustained population loss, rural America is bouncing back thanks to shifting demographics and pandemic-induced migration.

December 7 - Carsey School of Public Policy

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.