Local Stewardship

September 5, 2010 • United States, Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Searle Whitney for linking me to his website: www.howmany.org. Following is the text and links from http://www.howmany.org/local_stewardship_studies.php which is a series of stories on local growth success stories.

Local Stewardship

“All politics is local” said Tip O’Neill, Speaker of the House for many many years. And your local community is where the rubber meets the road when it comes to population size. Americans consume far more per capita than most people in the world; packing more people into our cities will not reduce World consumption or our greenhouse gas emissions.

In California, there is a myth that we have to build now to accomodate all the people who will be here in the future. But this is putting the cart before the horse. If we do not build then our population size will not grow. Before any further building we should be considering what is the sustainable and enjoyable population size for our region and for our towns.

In some communities, far-sighted voters have seen the downsides of unwanted development and found ways to implement construction moratoriums and other limits on growth. Here are some of their stories. Read them for inspiration and suggestions about the tools and activities which have been useful.

· The Last Crop: Tools to help Communities protect their farms from population growth.. – by Joel Quick, March 23, 2010 – Case studies of five tools to stop the destruction of farmland at the County and State level. [article]

· Morgan Hill: Limiting growth in the shadow of Silicon Valley. – by Joel Quick. How Morgan Hill has avoided being swallowed up by the octopus of San Jose. [article]

· Petaluma: Growth and the Egg Basket. – How active residents have formed an Urban Growth Boundary and a General Plan to keep Petaluma’s downtown business booming and the outlying areas from sprawing to the horizon. [article]

· Livermore: Agriculture, Atomic physics and the Commuter boom. Starting in the early ’70s with air pollution at it’s all-time worst, Livermore has fought and won a series of battles with urban sprawl… [article]

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