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Re: [carfree_cities] Central High takeover of homes for parking

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  • Michael Neuman
    -- For every gallon of gas burned in automobile driving, 23.8 pounds of carbon dioxide is emitted to the atmosphere, adding to global warming. -- For every ton
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 5, 2001
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      -->For every gallon of gas burned in automobile driving, 23.8 pounds of
      carbon dioxide is emitted to the atmosphere, adding to global warming.

      -->For every ton of cement produced (to pave parking lots, highways,
      etc.), a ton of carbon dioxide is emitted to the atmosphere, adding to
      global warming.

      Tree and grassy areas REMOVE carbon dioxide from the atmosphere,
      lessening the rate of global warming. We need more trees and grassy
      areas, not more paved parking lots (that only serve to encourage even
      more driving).

      Lennie, I suggest you tell the LR school officials to use their minds and
      do what is right for the students at LR and the rest of us on the planet.
      If they are still in doubt about what to do, you might want to suggest
      they check the following books out at their local libraries (like I did)
      - and read them!

      1) "Street Reclaiming: Creating Livable Streets and Vibrant
      Communities", by David Engwicht, New Society Publishers (1999). Suggested
      visit for more information about the book and activism ideas:
      www.lesstraffic.com

      2) "The Official Earth Day Guide to Planet Repair", by Denis Hayes
      (Chairman and CEO of Earth Day), Island Press (2000). Contains excellent
      section on "Clean Transportation" pgs. 47-77.

      3) "Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American
      Dream", by Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck, North
      Point Press (2000). Written by very forward thinking and prominent
      architects who are well aware of the need for major shifts in urban
      planning theory and aren't inhibited in saying what they believe is
      needed.

      Thanks for requesting suggestions. As for the baseball field, you might
      want to suggest the LR officials look for some nearby parking pavement
      (within 1/2 mile) to put the field. There are way too many parking lots,
      everywhere, anyway.
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