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It’s not that everything is going to be gentrified because of transit — that’s not what we’re arguing. But in Los Angeles, you have the highest possibility of gentrification near stations than in other areas.

Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, UCLA Magazine Online

Category Archives: Environment & Ecology

March 14, 2017
March 13, 2017
To Speed Up Infrastructure, Trump Revisits Environmental Regs
Governing Magazine

State and county transportation officials say federal environmental, safety and workplace reviews can more than double the time it takes to complete a project. But, they add, a new administration provides the perfect opportunity to re-evaluate those environmental laws.

Taking Stock of Watts Re:Imagined

In 2012, the NRDC collaborated with local organizations to create Watts Re:Imagined, an initiative to help spur the stirrings of revitalization in Watts—an effort now getting attention from both the city and the state.

Two American Towns Being Swallowed By The Ocean
The Week

To stay or to go. It’s a wrenching question low-lying coastal communities around the world are beginning to reckon with as climate change starts to push up global sea levels.

Dallas’s Wild New Park Idea
Dallas Observer

The old urban paradigm was that the city represented law, stability and culture, and outside of that was lions and tigers and bears. But now the lions and tigers and bears are inside.

March 12, 2017
L.A. Needs Housing, Not Next To Freeways
Los Angeles Times

What is the greater good? Provide plentiful and affordable housing wherever it can fit, even if it’s on a site bathed in pollutants? Or bar development along freeways to protect future residents, even if that makes it harder to ease the housing crunch?

Making Nashville More Livable, Sustainable
American Progress

In February, Mayor Barry, who was elected in Sept. 2015 to be mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville, released the Livable Nashville draft plan, which recommends actions to make the metro area a healthier, cleaner, and more vibrant place to live.

City Strategies for Efficient Buildings

Buildings account for about one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions and it’s more like half in many big cities. Reducing the energy used to heat, cool and light buildings has to be an essential ingredient of any municipality’s broader climate goals.

KC Energy Resource Center Focus on Building Efficiency
Midwest Energy News

Owners of large commercial and residential buildings will have access in June to a new resource center in Kansas City that is aimed at helping property owners launch energy efficiency projects.

A Staten Island Urban Farmer
New York Times

Zaro Bates operates and lives on a 5,000-square-foot farm on Staten Island, which may make her the city’s only commercial farmer-in-residence

One of World’s Densest Countries Going Green

Currently, it’s estimated that densely populated urban areas contribute up to 70 percent of Greenhouse Gas emissions even though they cover only 2 percent of the world’s area. Singapore, however, has planned to pivot its city through a green initiative since 2008.

In Chicago, the Difference a Park Makes
New York Times

American cities are banking on parks to drive social and economic progress. Parks may not seem particularly urgent compared with the latest gangland murder epidemic; but the effort in Chicago to improve and expand them has delivered long-term rewards.

March 9, 2017
Cuts to U.S. Water Program Could Cost Cities Billions
Next City

Cuts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency budget reportedly being considered by President Donald Trump are raising alarm in the Midwest among those worried that a potential $2 billion trim will mean the near death of the EPA’s Great Lakes cleanup program.

Noise: The Ignored Pollutant
The Ecologist

The sonic backdrop to our lives is increasingly one of unwanted technospheric noise, writes Paul Mobbs. And as it eclipses the sounds of nature, it’s taking its toll on our health, wellbeing and quality of life.

E.P.A. Chief Doubts Consensus View of Climate Change
New York Times

Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, said on Thursday that carbon dioxide was not a primary contributor to global warming, a statement at odds with the established scientific consensus on climate change.

Capturing Stormwater in the L.A. Basin
Los Angeles Times

Dams in the front range of the San Gabriel Mountains capture runoff that is conveyed to a network of spreading grounds that recharge local aquifers with an average of 200,000 acre feet of water a year — or enough to supply 400,000 households.

Is Seattle Protecting Its Waterways?
Ballard News-Tribune

An estimated amount of 300 million gallons of untreated sewage and stormwater was discharged in to the Puget Sound. What is Seattle doing about it?

Large-Scale Indoor Farming Crucial For An Urban Future
Circulate News

Technological innovations are enabling a new way of producing food transforming indoor environments into places where fruits and vegetables can be grown without soil, close to the city, with an extremely short supply chain, fully independent of weather fluctuations.


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