HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Topics » Environment & Energy » Public Transportation and Smart Growth (Group) » California planning low-c...

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:39 AM

California planning low-carbon oasis where cars aren't king


California planning low-carbon oasis where cars aren't king

Date: 17-Dec-12
Country: USA
Author: Braden Reddall and Rory Carroll


A freight train is reflected in standing water near vacant industrial land and salt marshes in Newark, California, December 13, 2012.
Photo: Robert Galbraith



Vacant industrial land near salt marshes and a derelict rail bridge seem like an odd setting for the beginnings of a lifestyle revolution in scenic California, but planners in the San Francisco Bay suburb of Newark view it as just that.

With an eye on the state's new land-use laws to cut carbon output, Newark's city council just voted to convert 200 acres owned largely by chemical companies into a development that should set the trend for a state bent on decarbonizing its economy, the world's ninth largest.

The marshes could be turned over to birds, satisfying environmentalists, or paved over with single family homes, like most of the Bay Area.

Newark planners envision something different, which might satisfy both - or neither: 2,500 new homes, mostly townhouses and apartments, built within walking distance of stores and schools and connected by a new train to jobs across the Bay. ...................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://planetark.org/enviro-news/item/67416



4 replies, 854 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 4 replies Author Time Post
Reply California planning low-carbon oasis where cars aren't king (Original post)
marmar Jan 2013 OP
KamaAina Jan 2013 #1
NYC_SKP Jan 2013 #2
KamaAina Jan 2013 #3
NYC_SKP Jan 2013 #4

Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:06 PM

1. "You'll end up in a situation where we have housing that people don't want"

In urban California? Is he high?? This isn't Stockton. As mentioned, it's right across the Bay from Silicon Valley. The new train across the Dumbarton Bridge is pretty far down on the region's prioroty list, but the existing ACE train to Santa Clara and San Jose is nearby.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to KamaAina (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 05:10 PM

2. ACE train goes to Stockton, in fact!

I agree, the silliness that if they build it they won't come is countered by the surprising number of mid-rise mixed use projects that can be seen in Sunnyvale and Mountain View along El Camino and Sunnyvale Saratoga Road and, really all over Santa Clara county.

It's smart planning but has its detractors!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 05:24 PM

3. It does indeed

but that is one loooooooooooong ride.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to KamaAina (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 05:57 PM

4. Compared to the drive through Tracy, over the Altamont, etc....

It's a breeze!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread