Fwd: The Other Side Of The Tracks | February 2, 2011
- Interesting newsletter. Check out the article from Beyond DC: "Urban doesn't have to be more dense." It reminded me of an article I read in Access about how how density doesn't equate to great urban places. For example, SF is a much more walkable place with a public transit system that works than LA, however LA is more dense. One of the reasons this is is because density in LA is much more sprawled out rather than having a strong urban core where density and services are concentrated.Anyways, don't want to talk your ears off. Would love to know what you folks think and how it could apply to San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.
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