"Smart Growth" and "New Urbanism" Compared with "Large Lot Zoning" (Tom Lane) [ Home Page – Click Here]

(May 17, 2017) – Traditional "Large Lot Zoning" is "Greener" than "Smart Growth" within Urban Growth Boundaries . . . Copyright 2009 – 2017 . . . Tom Lane . . . Photographing California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington.

Smart Growth USA Revision in Progress (October 3, 2012)

Many, but not all, subdivisions in Reno-Sparks-Carson City, Nevada, feature absolutely no principles of smart growth, except for the much maligned dark skies. Above, looking southeast towards downtown Reno along Robb Drive. Note the very wide street, wide bike lane, and the fire lane with “no parking” signs. Also, note the preservation of native sagebrush between the uphill lane, and the sidewalk on the other side (not shown). In contrast, a “smart growth street” would be 20 to 30 feet wide, with narrow bike lanes, and the removal of native vegetation (with few exceptions, such as Bend, Oregon).
Like Bend, Oregon and Salt Lake City, Reno is an anomaly in the metropolitan Western US. Hopefully, they will maintain their large lots and wide streets, and low population density.

This web site is under revision, and contains many temporary formatting errors.

I have not yet tested this new format on different browsers and different operating systems.

I produce this web site on Firefox on two computers, with different versions of Windows.

Over the years, I have taken photos for this site from four different portable digital cameras.

Below, Lake Tahoe Community College is nice, because they preserve native trees, unlike “smart growth” contractors who cut them down.  Here it is,

When Lake Tahoe Community College was built, the developer obviously saved the native trees, in contrast to “Smart Growth” developers, who clearcut all vegetation prior to construction. Really strange when these “smart growth” developers are so concerned about “global warming.”


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