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California’s infill backlash

Ethan Elkind, associate director, Climate Change and Business Program | August 4, 2014

For environmental and economic reasons, we want jobs and people to move back to our cities. People living in cities pollute less because they don’t drive as much and tend to live in smaller homes. Economically, they can save a lot of money on transportation and energy costs, while thriving neighborhoods can create cultural and … Continue reading »

So much for California’s anti-sprawl law, continued

Ethan Elkind, associate director, Climate Change and Business Program | July 14, 2011

My post on the shortcomings of SB 375, California’s anti-sprawl law, generated a swift response from NRDC’s Amanda Eaken and TransForm’s Stuart Cohen, two smart growth advocates for whom I hold a lot of admiration and respect.  In their detailed post, which is largely a critique of the San Diego Association of Government’s (SANDAG) sustainable community strategy … Continue reading »

So much for California’s anti-sprawl law

Ethan Elkind, associate director, Climate Change and Business Program | July 7, 2011

When California passed SB 375 in 2008, the national media swooned and smart growth advocates issued glossy brochures about the law.  SB 375 was intended to curb sprawl, promote more compact and walkable communities served by transit, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, all through a regional planning process that would coordinate land use plans with transportation funding. … Continue reading »