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Dear All,

        This may be of some interest to some of you.

                                     Kermit Schlansker
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From: Alphonse MacDonald <ipress@igc.org>
To: islandpress-l@igc.topica.com <islandpress-l@igc.topica.com>
Date: Thursday, December 20, 2001 4:17 PM
Subject: Eco-Compass: Solving Sprawl

>Eco-Compass: Solving Sprawl
>Shining a spotlight on 35 inspiring examples of inner-city reinvestment,
>innovative suburban development, and rural conservation from around the
>country, Solving Sprawl
>is the first book to tell the full story of how smart growth works to
>save our landscape and strengthen our communities. Published by Natural
>Resources Defense Council in cooperation with Island Press, this title
>offers examples that illustrate key concepts and tells the story of how
>this new approach to development has caught hold across America.
>Visit Eco-Compass: Solving Sprawl,
>for more information on this title as well as links to websites and
>other titles pertaining to smart growth.
>= = =
>Sprawl Watch
>Volume 3, Number 46- December 20, 2001
>= = =
>Sprawl Watch is available on the web at:
>This Week's Content:
>= = = State and Local News = = =
>Air Pollution
>D.C. Metro Region
>The Washington region cannot add new roads or transit projects to its
>long-term transportation plans until it cuts its vehicle emissions below
>its self-imposed limits by 2005.  A task force of area politicians and
>transportation planners said the region will need $38 million worth of
>cleaner buses, new taxicabs and other measures to cut vehicle exhaust to
>keep federal money.
>The Commonwealth Transportation Board agreed to limit the scope of a
>major highway project in traffic-clogged northern Virginia because of
>air pollution restrictions. Under the federal Clean Air Act, the
>Washington area agreed to targets on limiting car and truck emissions in
>an effort to cut ozone pollution by 2005.
>A new study by the Los Angeles-based Reason Public Policy Institute and
>the Ventura-based Solimar Research Group predicts that Ventura County
>cities could begin running out of room for new housing years before
>voter-approved anti-sprawl measures are set to expire. The report,
>funded by the James Irvine Foundation and the California Assn. of
>Realtors, says cities should push for higher-density projects and
>convert some commercial and industrial land to residential zoning.
>The Boston Special Commission on Barriers to Housing recommends that
>local regulations that obstruct home construction should be streamlined
>if Massachusetts is to recover from a chronic housing shortage.
>Environmentalists concerned about overdevelopment and municipal control
>fiercely oppose the draft recommendations of the report.
>Land Preservation
>A 1,700-acre tract of farmland and forests in Northern Montgomery County
>Maryland will be protected from development through the largest single
>land preservation purchase recorded in the county. A real estate
>developer, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and a national
>nonprofit organization will protect the land.
>= = = National News = = =
>The farmbill is creating wary allies of farmers and environmentalists,
>usually                       aligned on opposite sides. That pairing
>may yield a bill that resists the forces of urban sprawl and
>significantly improves the rural environment. The Senate rejected an
>effort to limit debate on the Farm Bill (to speed passage) for a third
>time (12/19). Unless Senators come up with a compromise to speed passage
>of the Farm Bill in the next few days, the bill will be put off until
>Congress returns from recess on January 23.
>Amtrak is extending its service from Boston, MA to Portland, ME the line
>will start running 12/15/01. The 114-mile line caps a project that began
>in earnest in 1990.  The trains, with a locomotive, three coaches and a
>cafe car, will accommodate up to 230 passengers and run on track owned
>by Guilford Rail Systems and the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority.
>“Amtrak to Reopen 114-Mile Line From Boston to Portland, Me.” New York
>Times (12/13/01)
>= = = New Releases = = =
>The latest release from the Brookings Institution's Center on Urban and
>Metropolitan Policy "Suburbs and the Census: Patterns of Growth and
>Decline" examines suburban
>population growth and decline in nearly 2,600 suburban places in 35
>metropolitan areas during the 1990s. It illustrates that while it is
>common to talk about "the suburbs" as a group of homogeneous
>jurisdictions, careful analysis reveals that suburbs are highly diverse.
>In a report released (12/18), the Surgeon General recommends that
>citizens look at obesity as a community issue, rather than a personal
>one. , The report " The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and
>Decrease Overweight and Obesity "outlines strategies that communities
>can use in helping to address the problems.  The report recommends for
>communities to increase the development of parks and recreation areas.
>The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight
>and Obesity is available at
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