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Should States Impose Development Laws to Cut Car Use?

California is close to adopting a law aimed at slowing the increase in vehicle emissions by encouraging housing and development projects near job sites and transportation hubs. It's sort of a "if you build it here, they will ride the bus or stop driving" plan.

If passed by the Senate, the measure would tweak the current regional planning process by setting some new goals to reduce emissions. This would be the nation’s most comprehensive effort to cut back on sprawl and would essentially reward cities and counties that comply with efforts to minimize driving (and thereby emissions).

One enthusiast told the New York Times the law means California is "planning for housing needs, transportation needs and climate-change needs all at the same time," while others worry it will override some of the current development laws.

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coffeemug2007 coffeemug2007 8 years
No! Most people won't change their habits (by moving, taking the bus or train) anyway
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
SHOUT OUT to CHICAGO@
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
I think what's funny is that these sort of programs actually help existing properties increase in value. Okay, not funny, as in you would laugh out loud, but rather funny in the way that you'd furrow your brow and think: "Hmmmm. That's funny." So I guess my point is, does this really hurt people or just certain people?
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Man I loved reading 1984 (and the Manifesto for that matter). Does that make me weird :?
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Probably, Steph. We've been trying to pass a 1/4 cent sales tax for years now in order to fund the transit system for the thousands of commuters that clog up the ONE main freeway every single day. Sonoma County is BEGGING for the rail system but Marin doesn't want to do it.
Just-Oh Just-Oh 8 years
I escaped from California just about two years ago and this is the kind of statist thuggery that reminds me why. The weather just wasn't a good enough excuse to stay.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
Oh I love 1984! Almost as much as the Communist Manifesto.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
If you think that Janneth, I got a book you should check out. It's called 1984.
Vespa Vespa 8 years
Thanks, Mich! And Janneth, are you really trying to say the government should regulate what we eat and how much we excercise?
Meike Meike 8 years
"If passed by the Senate, the measure would tweak the current regional planning process by setting some new goals to reduce emissions. This would be the nation’s most comprehensive effort to cut back on sprawl and would essentially reward cities and counties that comply with efforts to minimize driving (and thereby emissions)." Yeaaaah riiiiighhhht. I guess California must have forgotten about their own Zero-Emission Vehicle mandate from the 1990's. That would have been a revolutionary change. F*cking Alan Lloyd and CARB.
stephley stephley 8 years
The Marin County that didn't want Habitat for Humanity building there?
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Marin Co. being the one thing preventing BART from coming up north. :rant:
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Seems like a good idea, I am not sure how successful that would be in California but its a great alternative for those that do not have cars and want to take public transportation, it gives options where people can live. I'm very happy where I live that CTA is awesome and that if I don't want to drive - I don't have to, I don't even have to drive to the burbs outside my city. Shout out to Chicago - even with the snow.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Vespa, you've just made my day much easier. You responded exactly how I was planning to respond to all those comments. Bravo.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I wonder how people in Marin County, Ca would feel about this...:ponder: Being north of Marin, I say YES PLEASE.
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
I see since I've left the sarcastic tone hasn't died down at all. Too bad.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
"Someday foreign oil producers will refuse to sell to us, and we will have drilled every ounce from our shores, and we won't have energy to fuel our ships, tanks, and aircraft." Yes, this seems reasonable. Good point.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
"And please don't make my insurance rates go up because of a personal choice to eat fatty food and not exercise." Right on janneth! And when we finally get socialized medicine in this country, we'll have to make sure we have compulsory aerobics sessions. Otherwise we might pay more in our taxes for lazy people!
janneth janneth 8 years
Someday foreign oil producers will refuse to sell to us, and we will have drilled every ounce from our shores, and we won't have energy to fuel our ships, tanks, and aircraft. We will be sitting ducks then for anybody who wants to walk in and take over our country. And then all the NRA members can shoot the enemy soldiers when they walk on their property.
janneth janneth 8 years
Commuting far distances in gas guzzling cars is not a personal choice as it hurts everyone. Please don't blow smoke in my face either. And please don't make my insurance rates go up because of a personal choice to eat fatty food and not exercise.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
People shouldn't be allowed to eat cheeseburgers either. It's a slippery slope.
Vespa Vespa 8 years
As long as we're properly warned about the dangers, I don't have a problem with selling cigarettes. It's a personal choice just like eating a cheeseburger.
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
Vespa, that's a good point. But where do we stand on things like people who make cigarettes? I mean, that is a product that kills people, yet it's clearly an issue of personal decision. So should the government stop a company that produced a known toxic product from being sold or is this a matter of personal choice? Believe it or not, this is not a loaded question, I am always interested in where people fall on issues like this.
stephley stephley 8 years
What about people who want to be protected from the pollution which adds to global warming which puts us all at risk? Lawmakers work for all of us, at least in theory.
Vespa Vespa 8 years
I don't have a list, I have a principle. If it protects me from others, it's okay. If it protects me from myself, it's not.
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