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12364June Issue of Sustainable City News

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  • Richard Risemberg
    May 31, 2012
      The June issue of Sustainable City News is online now! This month we feature:

      The East Bay Development Ballet
      Preparations are being made in Oakland and Berkeley to capture the next wave of development. Across from San Francisco, the cities on the "sunny side of the bay" are in the midst of a series of planning efforts to promote sustainable development and improve transit options. Some efforts are complete, some are in process, while others are just getting started. Taken cumulatively, they could significantly change the fabric of these cities' urban cores. But the results--so far--have been decidedly mixed.

      In Downtown They Say, "What Housing Crash?"
      There's been no shortage of news over the past five years about the real estate crash. Real estate values, long on the upslope, have been coming down. And that, analysts say, is changing a nation of homeowners to renters. This is a simplification, however, and in many neighborhoods, real estate values continue to rise.

      High-Speed Dithering
      Even a cursory glance at the news of the last two years reveals an inordinate degree of blithering and dithering over high-speed rail in the US—and especially in California. Some states have even, in a fit of anti-Federalist pique, returned high-speed rail grants—while other states have snapped them up forthwith. But even within states that are committed to HSR, controversy still rages. Controversy over financing, over feasibility, even over philosophy...

      Walking the Walk, Stepping on Toes
      Slate Magazine has recently published a four-part feature on "The Crisis in American Walking." Why do people walk so little? Why is walking given so little importance by urban planners and politicians?

      Plus hundreds of archived articles, our blog, reviews, weather, an dmore!

      All on Sustainable City News at http://sustainablecitynews.com/
      Richard Risemberg