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  • Transportation Funding: Why It’s Still Toll Roads Versus Public Transit

    09/21/2017 11:08:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    EfficientGov ^ | September 20, 2017 | Andrea Fox
    Is fighting sprawl still a goal for those who decide the fate of transportation funding at the federal, state and local levels?Transportation planning is deeply connected to economic development, but there in any agreement about transportation funding among government leaders often ends.Parag Khanna, a senior public policy analyst in Singapore and author of “Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization,” summarized the political divide over transportation planning like this: “America is increasingly divided not between red states and blue states, but between connected hubs and disconnected backwaters.”But division that stymies transportation planning goes further. Government leaders have always been divided...
  • When Our ‘Hoods Have Gone Global

    11/10/2016 5:11:10 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/10/16 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Reorganize, socially engineer our communities, way of life to fit a master plan designed by people who are only interested in saving the planet from an imaginary global warming by controlling the population that they deem to be a threat to our planet As we cheer the election of a new President, the highly successful entrepreneur and businessman Donald Trump, having averted the advance of global communism and global citizenship, we must not forget the massive damage that has already occurred in our country and around the globe, involving the much debunked manufactured global warming turned into a profitable climate...
  • Towers of Steel? Look Again (2013)

    02/01/2015 8:24:31 AM PST · by dennisw · 49 replies
    nytimes ^ | Published: September 23, 2013 | By HENRY FOUNTAIN
    Towers of Steel? Look Again Benton Johnson, an engineer who worked on the report, said that wooden high-rises could help solve the growing worldwide problem of providing adequate housing to the billions of people who are, or will be, living in cities — while also addressing climate change. “We know that we need to build a lot more buildings,” Mr. Johnson said. “And we know that we need to lower CO2.” Until now, tall wooden buildings had been championed by a handful of architects and engineers, mostly from smaller firms overseas and in Canada. They welcomed the Skidmore, Owings &...
  • Inside the Tiny House Movement where more and more Americans have rejected tradition for a simpler..

    08/05/2014 10:02:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 110 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 5, 2014 | David McCormack
    Once upon a time an American family’s home was their castle and the bigger the better, but growing concerns about meeting mortgage payments and the environmental impact of large houses has helped fuel a new movement of people who are happy to live small. The Tiny House Movement is a growing group of people who are happy to downsize the space that they live in and enjoy simplified lives as a result. While the average American home is around 2600 square feet, the typical small or tiny house is around 100-400 square feet.
  • Use of cars can help families reduce poverty, large study finds

    04/08/2014 4:41:55 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 36 replies
    Pioneer Press/WAPO ^ | 4-4-14 | Emily Badger
    In many circles -- including advocates for cleaner air, safer streets, public transit -- it's a major policy goal to get people out of cars. Reduce car use, and you reduce pollution. Reduce car use, and we'll need fewer costly roads and parking garages. Reduce car use and shift more people onto bikes and trains, and maybe we'll all spend less of our lives idling in traffic. That line of thinking, however, seldom considers a group of people for whom more car use might actually be a good thing: the poor. A group of researchers at the Urban Institute, the...
  • Massive blaze burning at residential building under construction in Montrose (Houston)

    03/25/2014 11:13:58 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 29 replies
    KPRC - TV Houston ^ | March 25 | Matt Aufdenspring
    A huge fire is burning at a residential building under construction in the Montrose area. The blaze is happening at West Dallas and Marconi. A large portion of the building is on fire. Flames and smoke can be seen from miles away. Firefighter have called for a 4th alarm.
  • Crushing People Into Tight Housing Won't Cut CO2 Levels

    02/26/2014 6:56:41 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 2-26-14 | Lawrence J. McQuillan
    'Smart growth" projects across the country aim to jam people into high-density housing near mass transit systems. Proponents think this will make people abandon their automobiles, reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But new research shows "stack-and-pack" housing is an ineffective way to reduce carbon dioxide levels. Researchers at the University of California Energy and Resources Group in Berkeley used Census, weather, economic and transportation data — 37 variables in total — to estimate greenhouse gas emissions from the energy, transportation, food, goods and services consumed by U.S. households. They calculated "household carbon footprints" for more than 31,000 U.S. ZIP codes (of...
  • CA vs. The Suburbs: Planners, Smart Growth, and the Manhattan Delusion

    04/20/2013 1:49:03 PM PDT · by Twotone · 28 replies
    Reason.com ^ | April 17, 2013 | Zach Weissmueller
    "If you really believe that suburbs are going to die, then let them die, and let the market address the situation" says Joel Kotkin, Chapman University professor and urban planning specialist. But letting the market work is far from ideal for California's regional planners and local politicians, who want almost 70 percent of new housing over the next 25 years to be multi-unit apartment-style dwelliings, despite the facts that more than half of Southern California households reside in a single-family home and that more people are leaving California than are coming in.
  • Smart Grid: What is the Cost?

    09/22/2012 8:55:27 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 51 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 9/22/12 | Rick Haymow
    The “smart” grid: What’s really at stake? Look at British Columbia: Around the globe, citizens of all walks of life are invited to realize that we’re all now on the playing field of a corporate control end-game. Through power grid modifications and smart meter installations, monopolistic forces are currently implementing a highly-hackable “smart” system of wireless utility metering, monitoring, selling private data, and control of life in citizens’ homes.
  • Video: The Three-Phase Process of How Agenda 21 Invades a City

    09/22/2012 6:05:13 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 43 replies
    Stop Agenda 21 in Texas ^ | Sept. 22, 2012 | Sovereignty International / Freedom 21
    Stop Agenda 21 in Texas Sept. 22, 2012 This three-part video series exposes the three-phase process through which Agenda 21 enters most communities and uses actual examples of techniques used by organizations to confront the process. Examples include what to do, and what NOT to do to resist or repeal the elements of Agenda 21 that may be included in your community’s comprehensive Land Use Plan and building and zoning codes. Narrated by Henry Lamb and produced by Sovereignty International, Inc. and Freedom 21, Inc. Youtube Links: 1/3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2S9Y0562s-U 2/3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0__CoNabl0 3/3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrFsSFS1z4U
  • Agenda 21 Radio Sat. Sept. 8, 2012 Live Thread (4-6 a.m. PT)

    09/08/2012 4:09:20 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 20 replies
    agenda21radio.com ^ | 9/1/12 | Paul Preston
    Northern Californians can listen on KMYC 1410AM Marysville/Yuba CityWatch worldwide on mysytv.comVisit our website at Agenda21Radio.com
  • Activists Fight Green Projects, Seeing U.N. Plot

    02/07/2012 7:40:10 AM PST · by Twotone · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 3, 2012 | Leslie Kaufman and Kate Zernike
    Across the country, activists with ties to the Tea Party are railing against all sorts of local and state efforts to control sprawl and conserve energy. They brand government action for things like expanding public transportation routes and preserving open space as part of a United Nations-led conspiracy to deny property rights and herd citizens toward cities.
  • Obama, Brazil, The new "inclusive" world order, and Agenda 21

    03/23/2011 7:42:08 PM PDT · by wheresmyusa · 37 replies
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | 3/19/2011 | Press Release
    "Noting the interdependence among peace, security and development, President Rousseff and President Obama reaffirmed their desire to build a just and inclusive world order, which promotes democracy, human rights and social justice." "They reaffirmed the imperative to modernize the international financial institutions in a way that reflects the changes in the world economy and moves towards global financial stability, sustainable development and poverty reduction." "They welcomed the strengthening of the collaboration on environment and climate change, including under the Common Agenda on Environment and the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation Regarding Climate Change, and agreed to include in the Common...
  • The Goal: Control of land use

    02/12/2011 10:33:40 PM PST · by wheresmyusa · 5 replies
    CFP ^ | 2/12/2011 | Henry Lamb
    Which is more important: reduce America’s dependence on foreign energy sources, or add 2.85 million acres to the existing 200 million acres of protected areas? According to the United Nations, 27% of the total land area in the United States is already locked up in some kind of protected area and 67% of the total marine area. This means, of course, that there can be no development of energy or other natural resources in 27% of the nation’s land and 67% of the nation’s marine resources. Only the most avid preservationist, or the most anti-American, could possibly choose to lock...
  • A city defined (Detroit can be saved by Smart Growth)

    02/11/2011 9:28:43 PM PST · by wheresmyusa · 113 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 2/12/2011 | Renée Loth
    AMID THE animated rodents, smushed test-babies, snack-food perversions, and crude humor of Sunday’s Super Bowl ads was a powerful, two-minute homage to Detroit, America’s most abject city. Over a pulsating soundtrack of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself,’’ viewers were treated to panning shots of some of Detroit’s lovingly restored landmarks from the days when the auto industry made it the richest city in the United States. Today it is the poorest, with a 36 percent poverty rate. Far from avoiding its grim, rust belt image, the ad — ostensibly to introduce a new Chrysler luxury sedan — celebrated the city’s guts-and-grit industrial...
  • UN Agenda 21 - Coming to a Neighborhood near You

    10/28/2009 3:40:53 AM PDT · by Man50D · 17 replies · 1,025+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | October 28, 2009 | Scott Strzelczyk and Richard Rothschild
    Most Americans are unaware that one of the greatest threats to their freedom may be a United Nations program known as Agenda 21. The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Sustainable Development created Agenda 21 as a sustainability agenda which is arguably an amalgamation of socialism and extreme environmentalism brushed with anti-American, anti-capitalist overtones. A detailed history on sustainable development, definitions, and critical actions can be found here. Section III of the Agenda 21 Plan addresses local community sustainable development. The Preamble and Chapter 28 discuss how Agenda 21 should be implemented at a local level....
  • EPA Draft: Shut Down Unsustainable Schools

    11/17/2010 11:06:21 PM PST · by wheresmyusa · 11 replies
    EPA ^ | 11/17/2010 | EPA
    To reach the best outcome – healthy, safe school locations that support high quality education and promote sustainable communities – the process must start at the decision of whether or not a new school site is required, and whether that site and associated educational facilities can be used to support these outcomes. The local education agency (LEA), in concert with the school siting committee (SSC) and with appropriate public involvement, should identify the criteria that will be used to evaluate both the present characteristics and the possible future characteristics of all sites being considered for use as a school as...
  • Tea Party's Next Challenge

    11/10/2010 8:28:37 PM PST · by trappedincanuckistan · 8 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | November 6, 2010 | Henry Lamb
    Americans can do whatever they decide to do. Witness the politiscape littered with the careers of Democrats deposed by determined Americans who have had enough big-government socialism forced upon them. The next challenge for the tea party – and other organizations – is local and state governments that are systematically implementing freedom-robbing policies in the name of comprehensive planning, smart growth, sustainable development and environmental protection. If the word "freedom" is to have any meaning at all, it must mean that people are free to live wherever they choose, and free to use their property as they choose.
  • The Tea Party’s Next Challenge [Zoning & Agenda 21. Henry Lamb]

    11/07/2010 12:33:34 PM PST · by Arthur Wildfire! March · 9 replies
    Gulag Bound ^ | November 7, 2010, 7:38 | Henry Lamb
    Americans can do whatever they decide to do. Witness the politiscape littered with the careers of Democrats deposed by determined Americans who have had enough big-government socialism forced upon them. The next challenge for the tea party – and other organizations – is local and state governments that are systematically implementing freedom-robbing policies in the name of comprehensive planning, smart growth, sustainable development and environmental protection. If the word “freedom” is to have any meaning at all, it must mean that people are free to live wherever they choose, and free to use their property as they choose. For nearly...
  • American Lung Association: Agenda 21 will save your life

    09/21/2010 11:52:54 AM PDT · by wheresmyusa · 12 replies
    grist.org ^ | 9/21/2010 | Sarah Goodyear
    The ALA in California backs the state's efforts to reduce sprawl and foster a different kind of built environment in the future: "If doctors and other health experts designed our cities, they would look quite different than the sprawling communities we see today," said Sonal R. Patel, M.D., American Lung Association in California Board Member and Director of White Memorial Pediatric Medical Groups Division of Allergy and Immunology in Los Angeles. "Cities would provide more healthy choices, more opportunities for walking and biking, better access to transit, less congestion, more housing close to workplaces, and more parks for kids and...