4.10.2007

urban planning can save the earth


So says Adrienne Tissier, writing for The Examiner:

Her article is largely bay area-centric, but there are wise words we should heed in our own metropolis:

The solutions to global warming are found in modern urban planning and zoning and three little words: Transit Oriented Development (link mine -udc). Build well-designed, affordable housing within walking distance of efficient mass transit, and the air-fouling traffic jams will unclog themselves. Better yet, build well-designed, affordable housing within walking distance of jobs, schools and retail, and car use will plummet (link mine -udc).

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The environmental effects of rising concentrations of greenhouse gasses in our atmosphere were first discussed in the early to mid-1800s. Proliferation of the internal combustion engine and ensuing Industrial Revolution have contributed tremendous amounts of greenhouse gasses for more than a century. We must slow or even reverse this or our grandchildren will suffer for our inaction.

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Saving the Earth, or at least treating the Earth’s “severe case of the humans,” starts in our own communities, one TOD at a time. We have little choice but to embrace this evolution of our communities if we want to leave viable, livable, sustainable places for coming generations. Doing less is simply irresponsible toward ourselves and our Earth.


Are you an Filipino environmentalist? Are you concerned about the global climate crisis? Then pay attention to the land use plan and the transportation investments in our cities.

We can certainly do better than empty gestures to save the environment.


Image credit: Till Dusk (8), by Parc Cruz
(cc license, attribution)

2 comments:

Dan said...

No contact form, so this is the only way to reach you. Sorry.

In one of my periodic hunts for new urban planning-related blogs
planning-related sites, I noticed that a link to Cyburbia
(http://www.cyburbia.org) was not included in your linkroll. Cyburbia was founded in
1994, and is the Internet's oldest continuously operating
planning-related Web site; it functions today as a portal and busy
social networking site for planners and others interested in the built
environment.

A few years ago, when a new planning-related Web site was created, and
there was a link page or linkroll, Cyburbia was almost always included.
Today, it's more often the exception; sites usually include links to
the American Planning Association, Congress for New Urbanism,
Planetizen, and various blogs, but not Cyburbia. We're trying to figure
out why - if others don't know about it, if it's considered not worthy
of a link for some reason, or if it's something else. Any insight that
you can offer would be much appreciated.

Besides, considering you have a link to Planetizen, it would be nice to
have equal time. :)

Cheers,

Dan Tasman
cyburbia.org

(Please feel free to remove this if it's posted publically; it's not intended as a public comment.)

Urbano dela Cruz said...

Hi Dan,

thanks for dropping by and leaving a note.

I'm familiar with and have known cyburbia for years (even before I got into urban planning as a profession).

I must admit I haven't visited it in a while. If you must know, I've grown tired of cyburbia. There are gems among the posts -and the image resources is excellent. In the past few years, cyburbia has become very insular - almost parochial in its concerns. I guess it comes from its heart as a community forum. So the regulars are all chummy and I must admit the lurkers (re: people like me) often feel like outsiders to the conversation. (e.g. -why would I be interested in Cyburbia Alefests?)

Perhaps it's just the lifecycle of community forums - (follow the curves of the Well, then Slashdot, then Digg, then Reddit).

I've linked to Planetizen because the feed articles are more that: articles. Not posts or notes.

I don't link to Skyscraper City either for the same reasons.

The image gallery would be a great resource -but the search function is clunky. Plus the copyrights and permissions are murky. I'd love to see creative commons licenses on some of those images.

Hope you take this comment in good stride and I hope they are somehow helpful.

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