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                                      Kermit Schlansker
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From: Alphonse MacDonald <ipress@igc.org>
To: islandpress-l@igc.topica.com <islandpress-l@igc.topica.com>
Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2002 8:18 PM
Subject: Eco-Compass: Ecology and Design

>Eco-Compass: Ecology and Design
>It is widely agreed upon that the issue of sprawl is detrimental to the
>environment and our health. Top environmental health experts at the
>Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that our health suffers
>because of urban sprawl and President Bush recently signed an
>environmental cleanup bill providing $200 million a year to clean up
>polluted industrial sites.  What is not so widely agreed upon is what
>can be done about it. The recently published title Ecology and Design
>discusses the need for ecology to be incorporated into planning.
>"Despite the rapid increase in numbers of journals, books, conferences
>and advances in the technology of geographic information systems,
>society has continued to sprawl, pave, and pollute. Few educators have
>taken seriously the need to equip a new generation for the kind of
>thoroughgoing transformation proposed [in Ecology and Design].  We will
>need a corps of ecologically grounded professionals with wide-angle
>vision willing to risk a great deal, including their professional
>standing. Some of these, hopefully soon, must emerge as "public
>intellectuals" able to convey complex ideas of land to a wider audience
>now largely removed physically and emotionally from the landscapes in
>which they live."
>David Orr, Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Studies,
>Oberlin, Ohio
>For more information on Ecology and Design, including links to relevant
>titles and websites, visit Eco-Compass at
>Sprawl Watch Clearinghouse listserve (http://www.sprawlwatch.org)
>disseminates a free, bi-weekly electronic newsletter devoted to the
>latest news and research on sprawl, smart growth and livable
>                                                     Sprawl Watch
>                                    Volume 4, Number 1- January 9, 2002
> = = = Highlight = = =
>Property Rights
>Lake Tahoe area property owners seeking compensation for a building
>moratorium enacted two decades ago received a mixed reaction on Monday
>from two Supreme Court justices who hold critical votes for their
>claims. The question for the High Court is whether a 32-month building
>moratorium imposed by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency was an
>unconstitutional taking of property rights.  To learn more about this
>important, precedent setting case- Tahoe-Sierra
>Preservation Council, Inc. v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, No.
>00-1167 please link to:
>= = = State and Local News = = =
>Affordable Housing
>District of Columbia
>The D.C. Council passed the first significant housing legislation for
>the District in two decades, the Housing Act of 2001.  The Council is
>hoping to turn nearly $ 200 million in incentives over the next 10 years
>into 7,000 units of housing for low- to moderate-income residents and to
>spur construction of thousands of long-awaited upscaleapartments
>A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has granted the city's request to
>temporarily block the installation of up to 25 billboards on land owned
>by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.  The billboards are along
>some of the county's most heavily traveled freeways. Faced with
>community complaints about blight, city  officials are seeking to
>restrain the spread of billboards, while the companies that make them
>are waging a spirited campaign to expand their presence.
>Community Revitalization
>Trying to spur development in low-income neighborhoods throughout the
>Bay Area, the new Bay Area Smart Growth Fund will invest corporate money
>into building homes and commercial space in 46 neighborhoods,
>concentrating most development near subways, buses, ferries and other
>forms of mass transit.
>Growth Rate
>The latest projections and census data numbers show that Arizona's
>booming growth rate is expected to continue. The state, growing about
>three times as fast as the nation, has ranked among the top five
>population gainers annually for 15 years.
>Open Space Preservation
>Ventura County supervisors unanimously backed creation of a land
>conservation district, clearing the way for local voters to weigh in on
>the issue on the March 2004 ballot. The district would purchase open
>space, farmland and parks across the county to act as a buffer against
>runaway growth. If approved, a ballot measure on the district's
>formation will tentatively be set for March 2004. The district would be
>funded either through a sales tax increase or a property tax assessment.
>= = = National News = = =
>Affordable Housing
>In a statement released (1/3) by The National Housing Conference (NHC)
>NHC believes that the nation continues to face a serious affordable
>housing situation of near crisis proportions. Based upon the most recent
>data, approximately one out of every seven (13 million) American
>families has a critical housing need, including some 4 million low- and
>moderate-income working families. The NHC went on to say that good
>housing is essential to support the health and well-being of our
>families and our communities, and we also know that our continuing
>failure to address the full
>measure of our nation's affordable housing needs will have a direct
>impact on other national concerns including  the environment,
>transportation, access to jobs and urban sprawl. http://www.nhc.org
>Urban Optimism
>The last few years was a period of urban optimism as many older cities
>experienced positive signs of renewal. Given the changed economic,
>fiscal, and social climate, cities now face a new series of challenges
>in 2002. This commentary by Bruce Katz outlines his New Year's
>resolutions for American cities.
>Public Health
>Environmental health experts at the Centers for Disease Control and
>Prevention find that health suffers because of suburban sprawl. The
>National Association of HomeBuilders dismiss the findings of the Sprawl
>Watch Clearinghouse study.
>Man of the Year
>American Farmland Trust  (AFT) President Ralph Grossi is honored in this
>month’s issue of Progressive Farmer as the magazine’s 2002 Man of the
>Year in Service to Agriculture. Over the years, AFT's efforts, which
>began with a focus on national legislation, have increasingly shifted to
>the state and local levels.  AFT has also focused on the loss of
>agricultural land due to sprawling development
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