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Creeping Sprawl Responsible for Despoiling the Environment

Original post made by Mike, College Terrace, on Apr 18, 2008

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This is one of those inconvenient truths that our region is going to have to own up to, and do something about. Our long term responsibility is to a sustainable environment. Without that, we will find ourselves in a diminished and far more dangerous world than we would ever want to imagine.

One way out of this is for Palo Alto to lead our neighbors toward regional solutions that share responsibility for stopping sprawl.

The ABAG request is looming; it's time we met this challenge, head-on, and begin to seriously consider ways to being our municipal neighbors together in viable, shared solutions to infill housing, and stop sprawl in its tracks.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 18, 2008 at 10:05 am

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Posted by a long time resident
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Apr 18, 2008 at 11:34 am

Nothing will damage our enviroment more the infill, vertical, crowded enviroment.
A 2 to 5 acre park should be built and paid for by the developer ,for every development like the one built at Charleston and El Camino. Also this applies to the development at Charleston and SanAntino.

Also a solution to the problem is to relocate the industries that are here to the central valley where the workers live.

Any infill development should be banned where the traffic backs up for more than one traffic light sequence. Infill, if built, should be walking distance to the jobs. This means thousands of housing units along Page Mill in the industrial Park. Lets put thousands of High rise, rent controlled apartments there and along University Ave from Alma to Hwy 101.

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Posted by Peter S
a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 18, 2008 at 3:47 pm

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Posted by ol' lady
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 19, 2008 at 6:05 pm

Does anyone on this thread realize that 95%, literally, of American land has NOTHING on it?

People move to where they want to move for a lot of reasons. Must be a reasons we all crowd together. Could it be that life is better that way? Or are we all just foolish?

just giving a little reality check.

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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 20, 2008 at 1:52 am

It is elitist presumption to suggest that the works of man despoil the environment. Any individual is welcome to remove his own blotch.
The "sustainable" state that is the latest excuse for imposing mob rule on the rest of us is sustainable only with interaction with the greater civilization that elevats us from the poverty of the village. When this fad runs its course there will be some other excuse to deny free choice to our neighbors.

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Posted by ol' lady
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 20, 2008 at 12:02 pm

Well said, Walter.

It is pretty much "I got mine, now screw you" with folks who want to control the choices of others.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 20, 2008 at 12:29 pm

There's an old saying about ostriches who bury their head in the sand...

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 21, 2008 at 12:14 pm

Mike has part of it right. Suburban sprawl is unsustainable. But like all unsustainables - the internet bubble and the housing bubble come to mind - it cannot be controlled by logic and planning; it will follow its mindless course until it crashes and burns.

Mike has the rest of it wrong. Sacrificing Palo Alto to the population bomb will not save Tracy or anywhere else. Those places have their own developers who will keep on building and making money until they hit their own walls.

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Posted by ol' lady
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 21, 2008 at 6:11 pm

Paul, are you the same Paul with whom I always disagree? If so, watch out..I agree with you. Unless I have misunderstood what you meant?

The only difference from my viewpoint is not "crashes and burns" but "adjusts". Humanity has always had to make adjustments, and always will. It is part of our evolution and growth.

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