"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.

Speculation by Landlords with Rainmaker and Yieldstar – A Key Ingredient of Smart Growth and New Urbanism (October 12, 2016)

THIS IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION This investigation into these immoral property management companies, and their rent maximizing software programs, and their consequences on the American people, will split this post into … Continue reading

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Arizona Revised Statutes Encourage Smart Growth, Light Rail, and Discourage Sprawl – Vote No on 104

(Tom Lane, August 22, 2015) UNDER CONSTRUCTION  In the last 10 years, Arizona has passed a number of laws that encourage smart growth and light rail, that increase density in … Continue reading

2015 · Leave a comment

Vote No on 104 (MovePHX 104) – Vote No on Phoenix Light Rail

(Tom Lane Under Construction First draft July 7 2015, Last Updated August 22, 2015) Also read my other post on Scottsdale light rail – https://smartgrowthusa.wordpress.com/2015/05/24/north-scottsdale-and-north-phoenix-dark-money-or-open-space/ And, for additional posts on Smart … Continue reading

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What Do Soccer Moms Want from Urban Planners? The Profession is in Crisis – Focusing on Millenials and Baby Boomers.

(May 6, 2015, June 7, 2015)Tom Lane, Under Construction) WARNING: There is confusion in the literature, cited below, between “households per square mile,” and, “persons per square mile.” This post … Continue reading

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Smart Growth Fails to Save Native Plants: The Evidence – Seattle and Boulder compared with Scottsdale

(April 16, 2015)  UNDER CONSTRUCTION  Despite all of their environmental goals, smart growth planners fail to save native plants. In the previous post which is still under construction (as is … Continue reading

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Low Density Scottsdale Saves Native Plants by Ordinance – Citizens Oppose Arizona HB 2570 (April 9, 2015)

Under Construction.  The 2015 Arizona Legislative session just ended, and citizens of Scottsdale were relieved that Arizona House Bill 2570 (HB-2570) did not pass.  This bill would have made it … Continue reading

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(December 8, 2011) Why Seattle’s Anti-Toll, Anti-Transit Initiative 1125 Didn’t Pass

(December 8, 2011, Tom Lane)  The photo above shows the Interstate 90 bridge over Lake Washington, where light rail is planned, between Seattle skyscrapers on the left, and Bellevue skyscrapers … Continue reading

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(November 29, 2011) Election 2011 – Seattle Smart Growth – Winners and Losers

(November 29, 2011, Tom Lane)  Smart growth was on the ballot in the Seattle area in November, 2011.  Depending on your perspective, you either won or lost. For example, statewide … Continue reading

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(revised Dec. 24, 2011) Smart Growth is Not Green. Low Density Housing Better for the Environment.

(revised December 24, 2011, Tom Lane) Look at the photo above, and think about the neighborhood that you grew up in.  Large shade trees, a nice backyard for baseball, and … Continue reading

2011 · 3 Comments

(October 19, 2011) Be Green! Vote YES on I-1125: Stop Illegal Light Rail on I-90, attle to Bellevue

“If You Drive, Vote Yes on Initiative I-1125” (Tom Lane, updated December 8, 2011)  Election Day was November 8, 2011. Sadly, I-1125 was defeated in Washington State. Tom Lane’s Other … Continue reading

2011 · 12 Comments

(August 15, 2011) Bus Rapid Transit on I-90 – Better than East Link Light Rail to Bellevue

Bus Rapid Transit:  Introduction (August 15, 2011, Tom Lane) While some view urban sprawl as a major problem, it’s only in the eyes of the beholder.  Most people when surveyed … Continue reading

2011 · 2 Comments

(May 9, 2012) Dr. Bill Eager – Kemper Freeman’s Engineer – Calculates that More Freeway Lanes Superior to Light Rail for Seattle

Dr. Bill Eager, Kemper Freeman’s Engineer, and his plan “End Gridlock Now” (under revision as of May 9, 2012) Dr. Bill Eager is an internationally famous traffic engineer with degrees … Continue reading

2011 · 2 Comments

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

(Tom Lane, May 22, 2012)  Is light rail (mass transit) the best solution for Seattle’s gridlock, when it will only reduce only 3% of all trips?  Or, are more freeway … Continue reading

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(June 26, 2011) Seattle Smart Growth, Puget Sound Regional Council – Do You Want 5 Acres, or 5 Feet?

Featured Image Above: 5 Acre Estate at an undisclosed exclusive neighborhood of very similar properties in Eastern King County, beyond the Urban Growth Boundary. Do you want 5 acres, or … Continue reading

2011 · 2 Comments

(2010-2011) Thesis and How Opponents and Proponents Define Smart Growth and Urban Sprawl Differently

Above: Creekside is a crowded, overpriced smart growth community of townhomes and homes, with virtually no yards in Kent, Wa. south of the Southcenter Mall and West of downtown Kent. … Continue reading

2011 · 2 Comments

(Jan. 17, 2011) Seattle Smart Growth: Mountains to Sound Greenway (I-90) – Successful Example of Rich Philanthropists and Volunteers Building Trails (Part 3)

Under revision, Jan. 16, 2011 Above:  The sun comes out at sunset as a fall storm passes in Oct. 2010, lighting up the high desert in Bend, Oregon, where over … 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

2010 · 2 Comments

(UPDATED May 12, 2012) Kemper Freeman Sues Three Times To Stop Illegal Light Rail on I-90 – Photos of Bellevue Suburbs

Above: F. Kemper Freeman Jr. and his 3-D architectural model of Bellevue. (May 12, 2012 Tom Lane) – Sound Transit has refused to back down from its arrogant and illegal … Continue reading

2010 · 9 Comments

(May 7, 2011) Smart Growth Fails to Deliver Affordable Housing: Look at Seattle and Portland

Above: Issaquah Highlands, a Master Planned Smart Growth Development near Seattle, where only the Rich can afford to walk on their Community Trails.  Smart growth and urban growth boundaries have … Continue reading

2010 · 1 Comment

UPDATED: Upzoning and Infilling Within Urban Growth Boundaries

Post is under construction,last updated 11/2/2010 Above: Smart Growth High Density Townhomes in Sammamish, Washington, 30 miles east of Seattle ________________________________________________________ UPDATED Oct. 8, 2010: BEND BULLETIN MEDIA BIAS:  The … Continue reading

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Seattle Urban Planners Lose Jobs as Impact Fee Revenues Decline, as Building Permits Drop by 75%

Above:  Mt. Rainier from the Port of Tacoma, looking Southeast.  From where I’m standing, urban sprawl extends intermittently 80 miles north to Everett, and 30 miles southwest to Olympia. Instead … 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

2010 · 2 Comments

(Updated Feb. 1, 2012) Issaquah Highlands Smart Growth near Seattle: Photo Essay

The best examples of master planned corporate smart growth are, ironically, from Seattle Democrats – Issaquah Highlands, and Talus, two seperate master planned Smart Growth developments in Issaquah, a formerly … Continue reading

2010 · 4 Comments

(Updated Nov. 21, 2011) Seattle, San Francisco, Dubuque, Iowa To Become Smart Growth, Carbon Regulated Meccas (aka “Preservation Green Labs”)

Above: I took this photo in 1999 of the Kingdome, before the overzealous planners literally demolished the historic Settle landmark to the ground, wasting taxpayer money, building not one stadia, … Continue reading

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Superstar Cities: Why Some Cities Are So Expensive: Analogy to Smart Growth Cities

Superstar Cities are populated by the very rich elite among us, as shown by Dr. Joseph Gyourko, certainly one of the nation’s number one real estate economists.  The poor and … Continue reading

2010 · 1 Comment

Issaquah Highlands Smart Growth near Seattle. Residents Complain of Increasing Density. Bellevue College Complains about Highlands’ Traffic Noise.

As reported in The Issaquah Press in August, 2010. Summary and commentary forthcoming, stay tuned or better yet, read these great articles below: http://www.issaquahpress.com/index.php?s=issaquah+highlands

2010 · 1 Comment

(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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(February 2, 2011) Mid Century Office Parks in the Seattle – Bellevue – Renton Region, Washington State

(February 2, 2011) This is a placeholder for a page that has not yet been completed. The image at the top of the home page is at the Bellefield Office … 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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