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What's at Risk: Stopping Sprawl by Mapping Land

(1) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 3:48 PM

Traveling Route 4 west through Eastern Contra Costa is a lesson in abundance -- you pass U-pick cherry groves and citrus orchards and fields of seedlings. And then the two-lane rural road sprouts a sound wall. The freeway's lanes multiply and sandwich-slice houses crowd the fields of corn. The best...

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Let's Talk: Democracy Depends on Civility

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 12:06 PM

Since the beginning days of our democracy, the traditional town hall meeting has been the place where people sat in uncomfortable chairs raising hands, waiting their turn to speak their mind. It's crowdsourcing face to face, problem-solving together. Or, as Thomas Jefferson said, "the wisest invention ever devised by the...

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Let California Show the World How

(4) Comments | Posted December 14, 2011 | 2:22 PM

Climate talks are moving more slowly than glaciers now, leading to a collective media yawn over last week's United Nations climate conference in Durban, South Africa. But at the end of a New York Times article, the California Air Resources Board earned a nod for doing "more to...

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People Places: What If We Used Parking Spaces for Something Else?

(5) Comments | Posted September 14, 2011 | 3:34 PM

Earth, unfortunately for humans, is only about 29 percent land, and not all of that is inhabitable. Given the scarcity of livable space, you'd think we'd be more careful how we use it. Why, then, do we devote so much land to parking?

Recall a favorite destination -- perhaps Napa...
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The New Neighborhood Is in the City

(7) Comments | Posted July 25, 2011 | 5:11 PM

Say the word neighborhood and for some it evokes a colorized version of the 1950s -- a house with a lush lawn on a cul-de-sac, Dad throwing the ball to his Little Leaguer, Mom waxing kitchen floors. That seems to be what Nicholas Lemann prefers in his much-dissected

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