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

(October 12, 2016) – Traditional "Large Lot Zoning" is "Greener" than "Smart Growth" within Urban Growth Boundaries . . . Copyright 2009 – 2016 . . . Tom Lane . . . Photographing California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington.

(December 14, 2011) Flagstaff, Arizona; Bend, Eugene, Ashland, and Medford, Oregon – Struggling College-Retirement Towns Expected To Recover

(December 14, 2011 Tom Lane)  Bend, Oregon shown above, looking west from Pilot Butte towards the Cascade Mountains.  In the Western USA, unlike New England, many small “college-retirement-outdoors” towns, particularly … Continue reading

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(October 15, 2011) Corvallis, Oregon – Number One Nationwide For Bicycling, Walking, and Patents

Introduction to Corvallis, Oregon – The Great City of Innovation and Non-Auto Commuters (Tom Lane) The U.S. Census 2009 American Community Survey found that Corvallis, Oregon had the highest combination … Continue reading

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(Updated Jan. 24, 2010) My Case for Large Lots and Wide Streets: Photo Essay

Updating in progress, Dec. 23, 2010, with mistakes. Above: The High Valley neighborhood a few miles east of Renton, Washington (Seattle metro) features wide streets with properties of several acres. … Continue reading

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(Dec. 4, 2010) Google Sattelite Views of Boulder Style Smart Growth vs. Large Lot Suburbs

(Dec. 4, 2010,  Dec. 26, 2011, Tom Lane)  Above: How can you call “smart” growth green, when 90% of the neighborhood is paved over, either with foundations, streets, driveways, and … Continue reading

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(Dec. 3, 2010) Low Demand for Cheap Foreclosures and Costly Smart Growth: Excess Inventory Doesn’t Sell

(Revised Dec. 3, 2010) Areas of the US with high unemployment and high foreclosure rates must sell their inventory before recovery.  While many people are anxious to buy foreclosures, new … Continue reading

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(Nov. 18, 2010) Oregon Growth Slows To a Crawl with Urban Growth Boundaries, Foreclosures, and Unemployment

Above: Eugene, looking south from Skinner Butte.  Eugene’s haze, due to crowded smart growth conditions and air pollution, accumulating from traffic and local industry.  Due to growth restrictions and declining … Continue reading

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(Nov. 11, 2010) Why Bend Should Expand its Urban Growth Boundary (UGB), Despite the DLCD Order.

Bend UGB and DLCD

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(Nov. 2, 2010) BEND UGB (Urban Growth Boundary) – John VanLandingham and Richard Whitman (DLCD) Issue Final Order Against City of Bend UGB Proposal

Above: City of Bend’s Northwest Crossing Low Density mixed use area.  DLCD officials John VanLandingham and Richard Whitman want High Density Smart Growth; Bend citizens, city officials, and Realtors want … Continue reading

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UPDATED: Bend, Oregon NW Crossing Neighborhood: Native Pines Preserved During Construction, Even in Mixed Use Area: Photo Essay

(Updated Oct. 9, 2010) Finally – a smart growth neighborhood that values and respects native trees.  Northwest Crossing in Bend, Oregon preserves its native Ponderosa Pine canopy (and, also sagebrush).  … Continue reading

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Bend, Oregon Exceeds Expectations: Definitely Number One and As Advertised: Photo Essay

Above: Looking west towards the western half of Bend from Pilot Butte, and the three sisters mountain peaks in the distance. ______________________________________________________ (Under Construction as I organize photos.)  After reading … Continue reading

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(UPDATED) ASHLAND, BOULDER, FLAGSTAFF FIRES: Wake Up Call to Thin Brush on Urban Grown Boundaries: Boulder, Bend, Flagstaff, Ashland: Photo Essay

Above: Young Ponderosa Pine monoculture in need of thinning in Flagstaff, Arizona. Summer 2010 has taught us a lot about wildfires starting on, and beyond, urban growth boundaries, a smart … Continue reading

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(Updated Dec. 25, 2010) Baby Boomers, Young Singles, and Entrepreneurs Move to Bend and other High Desert College Towns

Above: Durango, Colorado at 6500′ (between the high desert and forests in the San Juan Islands), home to Fort Lewis College, attracts baby boomer retirees, young singles, and young entrepreneurs … Continue reading

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No ‘Live and Let Live’ under Smart Growth, Urban Growth Boundaries, Free Trade, and the BLM/USFS

Above: Ranch at South Lake Tahoe, California, near the Airport south of town. In the 1960’s and 1970’s, it was “live and let live” in many “hippie” areas around the … Continue reading

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Bend Oregon: Gruesome Photo of Crashed Bicycle: Safety of Smart Growth Biking Improvements: A Real Dilemma

(Updated October 17, 2010)  Just about every intervention to increase cycling and pedestrian safety has created controversy.  Bike lanes, bike boxes, roundabouts, traffic calming, and multi-modal corridors all have two … Continue reading

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(Feb. 28, 2011, Dec. 23, 2011) Clearcutting for Smart Growth in Seattle; vs. Green Neighborhoods in Arizona and Oregon

Above: Port Blakely Construction’s Issaquah Highlands Master Planned Smart Growth Development still under construction in Summer, 2010.  Not many native trees left; towering massive walls; see photos below as well. … Continue reading

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Census Maps Show Population Exodus to Rural and Exurban Counnties

(Updated Oct. 23, 2010) Map Credit Above: Classifications of Counties as Urban, Exurban, or Rural. In: The Daily Yonder, http://tiny.cc/v4asw, 3/17/2009, Accessed August 10, 2010. *For a High Resolution Image … Continue reading

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(December 23, 2011) Editors and Publishers: Please Note Tom Lane / “Smart Growth USA” Web Site Ratings

(December 23, 2011, Tom Lane) Editors and publishers may wish to consider the high ratings of my web site.  I would be glad to publish an article or editorial on … Continue reading

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Rio Rancho and Albuquerque, New Mexico. NO URBAN GROWTH BOUNDARIES = AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Salt Lake City – Rio Rancho, New Mexico – NO Urban Growth Boundary = AFFORDABLE HOUSING on LARGE LOTS – More Photos Forthcoming

Mysterious Massive Walls and Clearcutting at Issaquah Highlands … vs. Green Neighborhoods in Arizona and Oregon … Click Here …

Durango Smart Growth – La Plata County Comprehensive Plan – Cancelled (Nov. 23, 2011) – CLICK IMAGE for Plan Maps and Photos –

* NEW * October 8, 2011, Seattle – KEMPER FREEMAN VIDEO – If You Drive, Vote YES on I-1125, Kemper Freeman on TV-W w/ Doug MacDonald

Dr. Bill Eager – “End Gridlock Now” – Stop Seattle Gridlock Today

Kemper Freeman Sues a Third Time over Seattle Light Rail – May 9, 2012

SEATTLE – Why Washington’s Anti-Tolling and Anti-Transit Initiative (I-1125) Didn’t Pass (12/6/11) – CLICK IMAGE of the skyline from West Seattle –

* HEY SEATTLE * – VOTE YES on Kemper Freeman’s Initiative I-1125 – Protect Your Gas Taxes and Tolls – Stop Illegal East Link I-90 Light Rail – Stop the Destruction of Downtown Bellevue with an Ugly Transit Oriented Development -CLICK HERE –

Salt Lake City’s Legacy Parkway – A Green Solution for Seattle Gridlock

*CETA* Coalition for Effective Transportation Alternatives (Seattle) – John Niles – August 22, 2011 Letter to Ray La Hood advocates Bus Rapid Transit on I-90

* SEATTLE DISPLACEMENT COALITION * – John Fox and Carolee Colter – Defending Lower Income Apartment Residents against Greedy Smart Growth Developers and Seattle Politicians – CLICK HERE for web site & columns –

*GREEN ALTERNATIVE * to Smart Growth – *WATCH VIDEO* from Pique Architects – Do They Present Something SIMILAR to the “LANDSCAPE URBANISM” Concept of Harvard’s Dr. Charles Waldheim? Image Source: http://vimeo.com/user4133046/videos – Pique LLC of Bend, Seattle, & Montana –

* SMART GROWTH * – The Wolf at Your Front Door – You Tube – (5 Minutes) – Image Source: http://www.youtube.com/user/regsgridlock –

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