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Planning for Reality

High density housing, the urbanization of Marin and transit oriented development need a dose of reality to overcome dogma and utopian dreams. This blog delivers the required dosage. Flag as Inappropriate

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High density trumps traffic considerations
ferenc December 11, 2013 at 07:24 am
we are getting the best government money can buy - the 'industry' he is claiming to save must beRead More booming to afford buying the votes.
Richard S. Colman December 13, 2013 at 06:51 am
Orinda is run by obstinate officials who completely disregard parking and traffic factors. TheseRead More officials want to build high-rise, high-density (stack-and-pack) housing -- housing that will make Orinda an undesirable place to live and, thus, drive property values down. People move to Orinda to have good schools, gardens, open space, a view of the hills, and a semi-rural environment. What Orinda residents are getting is a new version of Manhattan. Orindans must be allowed to vote on any plans that will affect Orinda's unique and precious environment. --Richard Colman, Orinda, California.
Dan DeBusschere December 13, 2013 at 08:47 am
This provision was in SB731 and when it would not fly, Darrell Steinberg put in in SB743 at theRead More last minute to satisfy his "develpment interests". This is the last year for Senator Steinberg before he terms out. I wonder how much more damage he can do before he is pushed out. Of course, SB1 is his baby. SB1 sets up regional develpment authorities that are funded by override taxes collected by your local city council who then have no say in how they are spent. Another Plan Bay Area for developers just like SB375 that Steinberg authored.