Urbification: Taking the sub out of Calif. suburbs

Walking. Bicycling. Alternatives to Driving Everywhere. Social justice. Alternatives to suburban boredom and waste. And the infrastructure and technology needed to get there.

Sunday, April 20, 2003

The Oregonian: Frustration pours out over housing infill. This story does a fine job of explaining how put-upon suburbanites feel when their neighborhood is upzoned. But it doesn't tell the entire story -- of people who surely must be relieved that they have transportation choices in such neighborhoods; of neighbors of nearby freeways who won't have parts of their neighborhoods eaten away (at least, as fast) to feed the insatiable demand for wider freeways; of residents and would-be residents of this region who will be able to afford some of the upzoned housing that is being built here, rather than being priced out of the market or living in tiny abodes bordering on squalor. No, not a balanced story at all. But Portland's an area to watch, to see how it all comes out in the final analysis.

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