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  • Shut down coal mines, group urges ( WildEarth Guardians : Colorado)

    08/07/2015 11:33:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | August 6, 2015 | Dennis Webb
    Industry blasts suggestion as harmful to the country. A conservation group that has succeeded in dealing recent legal setbacks to western Colorado coal mines called Thursday for a phase-out of federal coal leasing to help combat climate change. “It’s time for the Interior Department to shut it down,” Jeremy Nichols, Climate and Energy Program director for WildEarth Guardians, said in a news release. The group outlined a plan for ending the federal coal program over 10 to 25 years through a moratorium on leasing publicly owned coal, retiring existing leases that aren’t producing, honestly reporting the climate impacts of the...
  • GROUSE GETTING BUSY! New Report Says Population Has Rebounded ( Colorado, NM ..)

    08/05/2015 2:13:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | August 5, 2015
    The sage grouse population has exploded in the last two years, growing by nearly two-thirds from more than 49,000 males in 2013 to more than 80,000 this year. ... This is encouraging news for the bird, and for the people whose lives would be turned upside down by the federal government if it still insists on listing the critter as an endangered species on the brink of extinction. The report considered the population across the bird’s 11-state habitat, with specific news on the growth in Colorado numbers ... The report falls on the heels of a gloom and doom forecast...
  • [Sen. Rand] Paul meets rancher Cliven Bundy

    06/30/2015 9:04:20 AM PDT · by Plummz · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 30, 2015, 08:35 am | Jesse Byrnes
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) met rancher Cliven Bundy on Monday, along with several dozen supporters and land rights activists during a presidential campaign swing through Nevada. The Associated Press reported the two met at a stop northeast of Las Vegas, where Paul fielded questions on public land control, a major issue in the state, where much land is owned by the federal government. "I think almost all land use issues and animal issues, endangered species issues, ought to be handled at the state level," Paul told the AP. "I think that the government shouldn't interfere with state decisions, so if...
  • Texas Messes with Agenda 21

    05/08/2015 8:12:17 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies ^ | 5/8/2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Texas is larger than most countries in the United Nations, some not much bigger than the postage stamps they print for collectors, but each with a vote that can cancel ours out. Texas is about to a vote against the U.N.’s sovereignty-destroying Agenda 21, so named because it claims to be setting a “sustainable growth” agenda for the 21st century. Agenda 21 is in fact a global power grab similar to climate-change treaties like the Kyoto Protocol. It uses the imaginary threat of unsustainable growth which allegedly threatens to plunder the planet’s finite resources, like climate change allegedly threatens planetary...
  • Garfield County officials: BLM sage-grouse plans take turn for worse ( Colorado and )

    05/05/2015 9:34:50 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | May 4, 2015 | Dennis Webb
    Garfield County officials said Monday the Bureau of Land Management is considering even-stricter measures to protect greater sage-grouse than previously contemplated, rather than listening to concerns the county and others have raised. As a cooperating agency, the county got an advance look Friday at the revised proposal the agency is now considering. “It is very dramatic in terms of the changes (from a draft BLM proposal) that are being proposed,” Fred Jarman, the county’s community development director, told county commissioners Monday. Jarman and Garfield Commissioner Tom Jankovsky said the proposed measures are the result of directives coming from Washington, D.C....
  • Utah to BLM: Rein in your cops

    10/23/2014 5:30:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Oct 03 2014 | BRIAN MAFFLY
    Public Enemy No. 1 for rural Utah sheriffs just happens to be a fellow peace officer: Dan Love, the Bureau of Land Management’s special agent in charge. Elected law enforcement officers from Nephi to Blanding call him an arrogant and dishonest bully who has little regard for local authority and dodges accountability, derailing a collaborative approach to police work on the state’s federal lands. Love reportedly just laughed when Garfield County Sheriff James "Danny" Perkins relayed ranchers’ complaints about federal officers removing plastic feed tubs from the range and threatening the ranchers with litter citations. He drew early controversy during...
  • Cowboy Express gallops into Utah to protest federal land managers ( BLM )

    10/10/2014 10:50:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Oct. 2 2014 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    A group of horseback riders drew stares, honks and a few handshakes and high-fives along Redwood Road Thursday, hooves clattering on pavement in a protest ride of federal land management policies. The Utah trek of the Grass March Cowboy Express hit Salt Lake City and continued east up Parleys Canyon, with Tooele County Commission Chairman Bruce Clegg and Utah Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, riding in tandem. With them they carried a mail pouch sporting a letter demanding the resignation of a BLM field office manager who ordered grazing reductions in Battle Mountain, Nevada, and petitions from rural Utah counties...
  • ( DC ) Judge Reinstates Protections for Wyoming Wolves

    09/24/2014 7:01:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    ap ^ | Sep 24, 2014
    Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead issued a statement Tuesday saying that he expects the state to seek a stay of Jackson’s decision. He said the state will seek an emergency rule from the Fish and Wildlife Service to allow continued state wolf management. ... Wyoming took over wolf management in late 2012 after the federal government ruled that wolves no longer needed protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.
  • CO: Secret EPA Water Maps Released

    09/03/2014 11:24:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Watchdog Wire - Colorado ^ | August 27, 2014 | Joshua Sharf
    Secret EPA water maps obtained by the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology graphically show the increase reach of the EPA’s regulatory authority over Colorado’s waters under proposed rules supported by Rep. Jared Polis (D-Boulder). The maps were drawn up in October 2013, but were only turned over to the Committee today. There is some dispute as to whether the maps relate to the Agency’s proposed Waters of the US Rules, which would bring intermittent and ephemeral waters under the agency’s control. The maps clearly delineate those waters, and were produced at the insistence of the Committee
  • Wind Power Requires 700 Times As Much Land As Fracking

    08/15/2014 1:34:20 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 72 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | August 14, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    One of the weirder facts of contemporary life is that “environmentalists” generally prefer wind power to fracking. Unless you suffer from an anti-carbon fetish, there is no comparison, as the Telegraph reports: A wind farm requires 700 times more land to produce the same amount of energy as a fracking site, according to analysis by the energy department’s recently-departed chief scientific advisor. … Prof MacKay said that a shale gas site uses less land and “creates the least visual intrusion”, compared with a wind farm or solar farm capable of producing the equivalent amount of energy over 25 years. This...
  • Sheep grazing study suspended: Detailed approach replacing it ( Colorado: Forest Service, BLM )

    08/03/2014 10:07:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Durango Herald ^ | August 01, 2014 | Dale Rodebaugh
    Proposed regulations to guide sheep grazing in the Weminuche Wilderness are so weighty and controversial that the level of environmental examination of the issues is being ramped up a notch. The original Environmental Assessment (EA) of the plan – for which an unusual second public comment period was opened – has been suspended to allow preparation of a more comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Kara Chadwick, recently named supervisor of the San Juan National Forest to replace Mark Stiles, broke the news Thursday in a talk to Club 20. She confirmed it later to The Durango Herald. Chadwick cited heightened...
  • Judge rules largely in favor of Utah on rural roads dispute ( RS 2477 )

    07/28/2014 11:12:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | March 22, 2013 | Brooke Adams
    A federal judge handed a landmark victory to Kane County and the state of Utah on Wednesday in a years-long dispute with the federal government over whether some rural routes should remain in use as roads, or if they should be closed to the public. In two decisions, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups found he had jurisdiction to hear Kane County's claim, gave parameters for "reasonable" right-of-way widths on some routes and determined that 12 of 15 routes in dispute were roads and therefore accessible by the public. The distinction hinged on an 1866 law through which Congress sought to...
  • Ouray County Adopts a Road Map for the 21st Century ( Colorado - RS 2477 )

    07/28/2014 10:54:48 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    The Watch ^ | 07/24/14 | Samantha Wright
    Despite an eleventh hour interjection from the U.S. Forest Service, the Ouray County Commissioners made history this week, unanimously voting to adopt a new county road map that brings it into the 21st century. The last time an official county road map was prepared in Ouray County was in 1961. Proposed revisions to this 1961 iteration of the map took place over the past five years, first through the work of the collaborative, multi-jurisdictional Public Access Group and later through two years of intensive work by Ouray County IT/GIS Manager Jeff Bockes, who integrated modern computerized mapping techniques (including GoogleEarth)...
  • U.S. top court backs Florida property owner in land-use case

    06/26/2013 7:42:45 AM PDT · by Sopater · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jun 25, 2013 4:00pm EDT | Jonathan Stempel and Lawrence Hurley
    In a victory for advocates of private property rights, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that governments may owe compensation to property owners who are denied permits to develop their land. Critics said the 5-4 decision, with the conservative justices comprising the majority, will make it more difficult and costly for governments to promote development or enact environmental changes designed to help the public generally. The court sided with Coy Koontz, a Florida man who said limits imposed by the St. Johns River Water Management District on how he used his land were a "taking" subject to compensation under...
  • El Dorado County Sheriff Strips Forest Service Of State-Law Enforcement Power ( CA )

    06/22/2013 6:12:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 65 replies
    CBS13 ^ | June 21, 2013
    The El Dorado County Sheriff says he’s not happy with the U.S. Forest Service, so he’s stripping them of their authority by keeping them from enforcing state law within the county. Sheriff John D’Agostini is taking the unusual step of pulling the police powers from the federal agency because he says he has received “numerous, numerous complaints.” In a letter obtained by CBS13, the sheriff informs the federal agency that its officers will no longer be able to enforce California state law anywhere in his county. “I take the service that we provide to the citizens of El Dorado County...
  • Feds May Close Forests Near Fresno ( CA )

    06/22/2013 6:28:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 53 replies
    KMPH ^ | Jun 20, 2013
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is looking to close 2-million acres of forest to protect a toad and frog habitat. The service held a meeting in Prather Wednesday to discuss closing parts of nine forests.
  • Local companies named on ‘boycott’ list for supporting national monument proposal near Canyonlands

    12/09/2012 2:06:07 PM PST · by george76 · 24 replies
    Moab Times-Independent ^ | Dec. 6, 2012 | Steve Kadel
    Grand County companies whose owners signed a letter to President Obama supporting federal protection for 1.4 million acres surrounding Canyonlands National Park are facing an economic boycott that some say has been spurred by the locally-based Sagebrush Coalition. The coalition’s Facebook page includes a list of local and national companies that signed the Nov. 13 letter from the Outdoor Industry Association urging Obama to create the Greater Canyonlands National Monument. ... Sagebrush Coalition president James Tibbetts ... opposes monument status for land around Canyonlands National Park because it isn’t necessary. “We’ve used it all these years and we haven’t ruined...
  • U.S. Forest Service Trying to Kill the Town Too Tough to Die

    07/23/2012 4:47:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | July 23. 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    The showdown between the federal government and the historic town of Tombstone is headed to court.  Using the 10th Amendment as a defense for the residents of Tombstone, the Goldwater Institute will be pushing back against the United States Forest Service (USFS), which is preventing the repair of crucial water lines to the town. More from Goldwater: The City of Tombstone is squaring off against the U.S. Forest Service over water rights in a fight to rescue “The Town Too Tough to Die.” Citing the Wilderness Act, the Forest Service is refusing to allow the city to repair its waterlines...
  • Sheriff investigates road closure near Canyonlands ( RS 2477 Statute meets UN Agenda 21 )

    03/06/2012 4:07:27 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    San Juan Record ^ | Feb 29, 2012
    Utah - The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office has launched an investigation into the unlawful closing of a county road on BLM public lands. At the February 27 meeting of the County Commission, Commissioner Bruce Adams said the county claims the road and directed the county road department to destroy the berm “that has been placed in the middle of our road” and do whatever is required to make the road passable. Adams also asked that the road department track all costs on the project, in the event a citation is issued, to determine the restitution that would need to...
  • Insufferable Portland

    02/27/2012 11:29:49 AM PST · by Twotone · 7 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | March 5, 2012 | Mark Hemingway
    Things began to unravel in 1973, when the Oregon legislature required cities in the state to set development boundaries with the goal of preserving farmland from “leapfrog development”​—​that is, new subdivisions not adjacent to established developments. Portland became the first major city with an “urban growth boundary.” This fact opened up a world of possibilities that are still being inflicted upon us. “Urban planners have long believed in a land-use-transportation connection that would allow them to manipulate one through the other,” writes Cato Institute senior fellow Randal O’Toole in a damning policy paper on the failure of Portland’s growth policies....
  • AB 742 Stifles Economic Growth and Job Creation, Subverts Local Land Use Decisions

    08/22/2011 2:13:13 PM PDT · by granite · 5 replies
    The California Majority Report ^ | August 22, 2011 @ 2:41 PM | by Tim Cremmins, Director, California/Nevada Conference on Operating Engineers
    Times are tough right now and good jobs are hard to come by for many Californians. Rather than considering bad legislation like Assembly Bill 742 that stifles private investment, business and employment, California State Legislators should be doing everything they can to enact policies that create jobs and encourage new, private investment in our economy. Several influential labor groups have joined business and local government to urge legislators to reject this special interest bill, was introduced at the last minute solely to kill an important new aggregate production project in Riverside County on behalf of the wealthy and politically influential...
  • Homeowner Faces Jail for Front Yard Garden

    07/10/2011 5:48:44 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Oak Park, Michigan resident Julie Bass faces a possible 90-day jail sentence for planting an “unsuitable” vegetable garden in the front yard of her home. “We came up with the idea as both a way to cut back on our food bill and to teach our kids some useful skills,” Bass said. “Now, every kid in the neighborhood is over here playing ‘farmer.’ They’re also a lot more eager to eat their vegetables after growing them themselves.” Oak Park City Planner Kevin Rulkowski has ruled that the garden violates city code. “Ms. Bass’s household budget, nutritional and educational objectives are...
  • The Dems' Lame-Duck Land Grab

    12/15/2010 3:51:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 1+ views ^ | December 15, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    Environmentalists hate sprawl -- except when it comes to the size of their expansive pet legislation on Capitol Hill. In a last-ditch lame duck push, eco-lobbyists have been furiously pressuring Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to pass a monstrous 327-page omnibus government lands bill crammed with more than 120 separate measures to lock up vast swaths of wilderness areas. Despite the time crunch, Senate Democrats in search of 60 votes are working behind the scenes to buy off green Republicans. House Democrats would then need a two-thirds majority to fast-track the bill to the White House before the GOP...
  • Skamania County: Supreme court rules in favor of couple who built dream house on neighbor's property

    08/20/2010 12:30:20 PM PDT · by matt1234 · 90 replies · 1+ views
    Tacoma News Tribune ^ | 08/20/10 | Stephanie Rice
    It was shocking news, when, in 2004, Ford and Christina Huntington learned the dream home they'd built in eastern Skamania County in 1996 was - oops - actually on their neighbor's property. Their neighbor, Noel Proctor, sued the Huntingtons to get them off his property (and to take their house with them.) A property dispute that pitted neighbor versus neighbor also divided the state's high court. On Thursday, a 5-4 Washington Supreme Court sided with the Huntingtons. In doing so, the court upheld the opinions of a Skamania County judge and the Court of Appeals, which upheld the trial judge's...
  • Will the land-use control gods be dethroned?

    06/17/2010 9:34:08 AM PDT · by editor-surveyor · 28 replies · 543+ views
    Worldnetdaily ^ | June 17, 2010 | Henry Lamb
    When "Smart Growth" and "Sustainable Development" washed across the nation in the 1990s, property-rights activists were overwhelmed. Visioning councils sprang up everywhere, and towns, cities, counties and regions soon had "Vision 2020 Action Plans" that transformed normal communities into "Sustainable Communities," and, for the most part, land owners never knew what hit them. A common element in this transformation is the creation of what is usually called a "Comprehensive Land Use Plan." This plan, when approved by the governing authority, becomes the basis for bureaucrats to virtually control the use of private property. The definition of property ownership includes the...
  • Childhood Obesity Report Calls For Government Regulations to Limit Access to 'Unhealthy'

    09/02/2009 3:08:36 AM PDT · by Cindy · 20 replies · 1,299+ views
    CNS ^ | September 2, 2009 | Penny Starr
    Childhood Obesity Report Calls For Government Regulations to Limit Access to ‘Unhealthy’ Restaurant Chains Wednesday, September 02, 2009 By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer ( - A newly released report by the Institute for Medicine and the National Research Council details strategies for local governments to combat what it calls an epidemic of childhood obesity, including enacting zoning and land-use regulations that would “restrict fast food establishments near school grounds and public playgrounds.” The report, “Local Government Actions to Prevent Childhood Obesity,” was compiled by the Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention Actions for Local Governments, a committee of health care...
  • Climate change vote: Pelosi’s green gamble

    06/24/2009 7:24:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies · 933+ views
    The Hill ^ | 06/23/09 | Jared Allen and Molly K. Hooper
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is moving forward with a floor vote on climate change legislation this week even though many Democrats are undecided on the controversial bill. Pelosi’s gamble to schedule a Friday vote is one of the riskiest moves she has made as Speaker. There are at least eight Democrats who are firm “no” votes, while many others are on the fence (see chart page 14). In an indication that Democrats lack the necessary votes to pass it on their side of the aisle, Pelosi and other party leaders have met with centrist Republicans seeking their support. Pelosi and...
  • Blue in the 'burbs

    06/06/2009 3:58:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies · 1,480+ views ^ | June 5, 2009 | Rich Tucker
    You may not have noticed, but Hollywood has: you’re miserable. No, really. According to Census Bureau numbers, roughly 75 percent of Americans live in suburbs. And, according to one of last year’s Golden Globe nominees for best picture, that’s eating away at us. “Our whole existence here [in the ’burbs] is based on this great premise that we’re special. That we’re superior to the whole thing,” declares the female lead in the movie Revolutionary Road. “But we’re not. We’re just like everyone else. We bought into the same, ridiculous delusion.” That “delusion,” as depicted in the film, is that a...
  • Crist signs controversial growth-management bill [Florida]

    06/02/2009 1:00:05 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 21 replies · 506+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 02 June 2009 | STEVE BOUSQUET
    Florida Gov. Charlie Crist signed a controversial growth management bill that some say will stimulate the state's economy but others warn will increase urban sprawl. ___ Gov. Charlie Crist on Monday approved changes to Florida growth laws that supporters say will strengthen the economy and opponents predict will increase urban sprawl and traffic gridlock. The bill rewrites Florida's 25-year-old growth management law, principally by allowing developers in the most urban counties to add more housing developments without expanding roads and by allowing counties and cities to designate new urban areas that also would be exempt from certain road-building requirements. Sponsored...
  • Kane Co. takes road fight to federal appeals court ( Utah )

    05/06/2009 7:15:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies · 839+ views
    AP ^ | May 6, 2009
    A southern Utah county has taken its fight to manage roads in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to a federal appeals court, claiming that federal officials improperly closed routes to traffic. Lawyers for Kane County argued Wednesday before the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver that the county managed the roads for years before the nearly 2-million-acre monument was designated in 1996.
  • Surprise! The rise and fall of the Western exurb

    04/28/2009 10:11:43 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 23 replies · 1,303+ views
    High Country News ^ | April 27, 2009 | Rob Inglis and Jonathan Thompson
    Surprise, Ariz., doesn't look very surprising. It might be anywhere in the suburban West. Home Depot and Wal-Mart rise like islands from an ocean of pavement, and late-model SUVs gleam in the midday sun. Homes with red-tiled roofs line up like stucco boxes on a giant supermarket shelf. There's little to distinguish this from the hundreds of square miles of housing developments that have sprouted around Las Vegas and San Diego. If it weren't for the palm trees, you could be in suburban Salt Lake City. But only Surprise has the Radiant Church. Inside this 55,000-square-foot behemoth, 50-inch plasma-screen televisions...
  • Nude dude ranch opens in Brooksville [FL] without county permission

    04/20/2009 10:02:45 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 13 replies · 1,877+ views
    Tampa Bay .com ^ | April 19, 2009 | Barbara Behrendt
    Tim Clements was excited about getting his new business up and running. Several weeks ago, he put up an impressive sign on the gate of his 10-acre horse farm on remote Hampstead Drive, tucked away in a pastoral setting in southeast Hernando not far from the Pasco County line. He named the business the CJ Dude Ranch, combining his last name and that of David Jennings, co-owner of the property. "I just named it for us two dudes,'' he said. "Two guys on a farm with horses.'' Clements put the finishing touches on a new Web site,, that features...
  • Ventura City Manager Rick Cole to California Real Estate Industry: ‘Get Real!’

    04/05/2009 11:45:16 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 17 replies · 1,162+ views
    The Planning Report ^ | March 2009 | Rick Cole
    Looking back three years ago, it is hard to fathom how much has changed from the frenzied pace of development then going forward. Land and housing prices were still rising, ever-larger development projects were being launched, and growth debates were raging across Southern California. That’s all gone now. As key real estate players suddenly find themselves without jobs, as more developers file bankruptcy, and more projects bite the dust, the depth of this “downturn” is sinking in. Many, of course, have “been through this before.” By that they mean, they’ve weathered the cyclical postwar busts that have intermittently interrupted the...
  • Restoring the Real New Orleans

    03/24/2009 7:00:13 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 19 replies · 1,285+ views
    New Geography ^ | 18 March 2009 | Andres Duany
    Like so many others, I have long been a visitor to New Orleans. In my case, the first visit was 1979, when we studied the city to influence the design of the new town of Seaside. I have been back often – for New Orleans is one of the best places to learn architecture and urbanism in the United States. My emphasis on design might seem unusual, but it shouldn't be, for the design of New Orleans possesses a unique quality and character comparable to the music and the cuisine that receives most of the attention. During those visits, sadly,...
  • Suburbia R.I.P.

    03/13/2009 8:07:51 PM PDT · by Disambiguator · 56 replies · 2,130+ views via Yahoo! Finance ^ | March 12, 2009 | Michael Cannell
    The downturn has accomplished what a generation of designers and planners could not: it has turned back the tide of suburban sprawl. In the wake of the foreclosure crisis many new subdivisions are left half built and more established suburbs face abandonment. Cul-de-sac neighborhoods once filled with the sound of backyard barbecues and playing children are falling silent. Communities like Elk Grove, Calif., and Windy Ridge, N.C., are slowly turning into ghost towns with overgrown lawns, vacant strip malls and squatters camping in empty homes.
  • Satisfaction in the suburbs

    03/10/2009 5:28:25 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 6 replies · 473+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | March 5, 2009 | Robert MacMillan
    Contrary to a parade of films and books demonizing life in the 'burbs, those who live there love it ___ Suburban angst makes for good novels and films, but people who live between the country and the city in the United States like their lawns and driveways. Suburbanites are significantly more satisfied with their communities than people who live in cities, small towns or rural areas, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center's Social & Demographics Trends Project. "Ever since there have been suburbs, there have been harsh critiques of suburbs - a common one being that they...
  • Vermonters search for roads of yore

    03/05/2009 4:49:22 PM PST · by Lorianne · 14 replies · 735+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | March 4, 2009 | Brian MacQuarrie
    MIDDLESEX, Vt. - Paul Gillies, a Montpelier attorney, traveled a slow and circuitous route on an unpaved mountain track until he reached a hairpin bend in the route. Nearby, where fresh snow resembled a dazzling white comforter, a gap between the pine trees appeared to expose remnants of an old, unused road. Gillies, 60, was in his element. He studied the landscape, gauged the possibilities, and wondered whether he had stumbled on yet another of the thousands of forgotten roads that have vanished from the map. In Vermont, the issue has become more than just a matter of curiosity about...
  • Gilded age; NIMBYs and old people make excellent defences against recession

    03/03/2009 1:56:44 PM PST · by Lorianne · 6 replies · 639+ views
    The Economist ^ | Feb 26th 2009
    THE lawns are green and well-tended. The swimming pools are filled with water, not mosquitoes. Steve Cushman, head of the local chamber of commerce, counts just 27 empty storefronts out of 410 along the city’s main shopping street—a rate that many cities in California would envy. In the past year Santa Barbara County has seen a slight increase in employment. The secret to its health? Hostility to development and lack of youth. Nowhere in California is immune to recession, but the oldest areas are proving most resistant. Of the ten counties with the lowest unemployment rates, nine, including Santa Barbara,...
  • Court rules for state in American Indian land case

    02/24/2009 2:49:57 PM PST · by patriotmediaa · 17 replies · 1,041+ views ^ | 02/24/09 | RAY HENRY
    Court rules for state in American Indian land case I. – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday limited the federal government's authority to hold land in trust for Indian tribes, a victory for Rhode Island and other states seeking to impose local laws and control over development on Indian lands. The court's ruling applies to tribes recognized by the federal government after the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act. The U.S. government argued that the law allows it to take land into trust for tribes regardless of when they were recognized, but Justice Clarence Thomas said in his majority opinion that the...
  • The Slumming of Suburbia

    02/19/2009 4:16:58 PM PST · by Lorianne · 45 replies · 1,650+ views
    Miller -McCune ^ | February 14, 2009 | David Villano
    The financial meltdown has produced a vast patchwork of foreclosed and abandoned single-family homes across America, accelerating the decades-long migration of our nation's poor from cities to the suburban fringe. In 2005, as rising property values reduced affordable-housing stock in inner-city neighborhoods, suburban poverty, in raw numbers, topped urban poverty for the first time. The trend will continue. By 2025, predicts planning expert Arthur C. Nelson, America will face a market surplus of 22 million large-lot homes (a sixth of an acre or more), attracting millions of low-income residents deeper into suburbia where decay and social and geographic isolation will...
  • Degentrifying Condos

    02/17/2009 9:10:01 PM PST · by Lorianne · 17 replies · 658+ views
    Metropolis Magazine ^ | January 21, 2009 | Ted Siefer
    Like many other artists inhabiting the cluster of old brick ware­houses in Fort Point, Andrew Woodward had cast a wary eye toward the wave of development sweeping the neighborhood near the Boston waterfront. But rather than getting priced out, Woodward is moving into a 92-unit converted warehouse topped by a gleaming glass-and-steel canopy. Woodward and his wife, a furniture maker, were able to purchase one of three affordable live/work spaces at FP3—which opened last summer with penthouse units starting at $1.8 million and studios at $350,000—thanks to a program aimed at keeping artists in Boston. With its concierge and swanky...
  • Sen. Risch a sellout to his party and Idaho on federal land grab

    02/17/2009 1:43:42 PM PST · by Lorianne · 13 replies · 652+ views
    Idaho Statesman ^ | 01/24/09 | Rex Rammell
    It didn't take Jim Risch long to show his true colors. On his very first vote in the U.S. Senate, Risch joined Mike Crapo and 10 other liberal Republican and 54 Democratic senators to stop a Republican filibuster, which would have continued debate and allowed for possible amendments to a huge omnibus public land-grab bill. The Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009 will cordon off more than 3 million acres from energy leasing by restricting various areas as "federal wilderness" or "wild and scenic" riverway. The act includes 160 separate land measures, including Sen. Crapo's Owyhee Canyonlands wilderness. It...
  • Is your clothesline illegal?

    02/12/2009 8:12:08 PM PST · by Lorianne · 36 replies · 1,035+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 7, 2009 | Alexandria Abramian Mott
    When clothes dryers account for at least 6% of the electricity used by U.S. households, is it any wonder that line-drying is coming back? In places where the practice is banned as an unsightly nuisance to neighbors, right-to-dry activists and blogging eco-moms are forming an alliance. Their cause: to reduce energy consumption and to call upon sunlight rather than bleach to get those whites even whiter. The movement also includes homeowners pinched by rising electric bills as well as some celebrity converts. Yes, there's even a blog dedicated to tracking who's who in L.A. line-drying. (For the curious, it's,...
  • Not just for mother-in-law

    02/02/2009 12:33:35 PM PST · by Lorianne · 12 replies · 734+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | January 29, 2009 | Patrick H. Hare and George W. Liebmann
    Accessory apartments benefit society and the economy, and it's time for tax credits to promote them ___ Twenty years ago, we separately produced publications urging that governments should provide incentives for the creation of accessory apartments (sometimes called "mother-in-law apartments") in owner-occupied housing. Our writings pointed out that there was a shortage of small-unit housing; that household sizes had dropped, rendering many large homes ripe for partial use by renters; that it was irrational to maintain regulations that discouraged extended families from living next to each other; and that Germany, Japan and Finland had provided such incentives as housing policy....
  • Guilford (CT) OKs buying 624 acres (Town buys land for open space)

    01/28/2009 5:40:50 AM PST · by raybbr · 16 replies · 786+ views
    The New Haven Register ^ | 01/28/2009 | Rachael Scarborough King
    GUILFORD — At a special referendum Tuesday, voters resoundingly approved a proposal to spend $15.45 million on 624 acres of open space along the East River. The measure, the only one on the ballot, passed by a more than 5-to-1 margin, with 2,645 people voting in favor of the plan and 486 voting against it. The vote paves the way for the town to buy the East River Preserve, a plot north of Clapboard Hill Road, from the Goss family, which has owned it since the 1920s. Town officials plan to save much of the property as open space, with...
  • Va. Beach presses zoning board to follow stricter standard

    01/13/2009 12:12:13 PM PST · by Lorianne · 10 replies · 840+ views
    Hampton Roads ^ | January 12, 2009 | Aaron Applegate
    Shortly after homeowner Herbert Harris started to build a wheelchair ramp for his wife and an extra bedroom for his ill daughter, he learned of the violations. Harris lacked permits for the projects, which violated city regulations. So he applied to the Board of Zoning Appeals for a variance, or an exception to zoning rules. At last week' s board meeting, he got the variance, as did eight other property owners. But afterward, Kay Wilson, a city attorney, made a plea to the board's seven members. "Gotta know what the hardship is. Please," she said, a trace of strain in...
  • Scrap Zoning; Legalize Great Places

    01/06/2009 10:10:50 PM PST · by Lorianne · 26 replies · 1,025+ views
    New Geography ^ | 01/02/2009 | Rick Cole
    What is the single most significant change that can be made in every town and city in America? One that would aid economic development, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, foster healthier lifestyles, reduce dependence on foreign oil, protect open space and wildlife habitats, and reduce wasteful government spending? Scrapping zoning codes.
  • Singapore Prepares to Gobble Up Its Last Village

    01/04/2009 9:07:01 PM PST · by Lorianne · 9 replies · 870+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 3, 2009 | Seth Mydans
    It is Singapore’s secret Eden, a miniature village called Kampong Buangkok that is hidden in trees among the massed apartment blocks, where a fresh breeze rustles the coconut palms and tropical birds whoop and whistle. With just 28 houses in an area the size of three football fields, it is Singapore’s last rural hamlet, a forgotten straggler in the rush to modernize this high-rise, high-tech city-state. But apparently not for much longer. Kampong Buangkok is designated by the government for demolition and redevelopment, possibly in the near future. When it is gone, one of the world’s most extreme national makeovers...
  • In an Age-Old Quest for Balance, an Uncertain Shift [NOMI's]

    12/09/2008 5:14:03 PM PST · by Lorianne · 322+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 7, 2008 | Dan Barry
    Scattered along the western stretch of the island of Molokai are the deserted structures of a vanquished people. These structures stand as eerie remnants of a years-long battle waged over the future of this island, an oasis of 7,500 with no traffic lights and no buildings taller than a coconut tree; with the state’s highest unemployment and highest percentage of Native Hawaiians; with a sweet way of saying you are welcome to visit as long as you understand its ways. On one side of the fight were the off-island owners of Molokai Ranch, a sprawl of property covering a third...
  • New land-use law's message: build near transit

    12/04/2008 9:32:55 PM PST · by Lorianne · 19 replies · 593+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 28, 2008
    Many California planning and environmental groups are heralding the passage of legislation designed to address global warming by curbing suburban sprawl as a watershed moment, perhaps the state's most important land-use law in more than 30 years. "It's a sea change in the way we're planning and funding growth and development," said Stephanie Reyes, senior policy advocate with San Francisco's Greenbelt Alliance. "The winds are shifting, and this is the time to get on board." But she and other advocates acknowledge that the importance of SB375, signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in late September, lies as much in...