Friday, November 9, 2007

Reduce Global Warming By Cutting Some US Driving

Better land-use planning that encourages fewer trips by motorists in our car-crazy culture is a key element in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reports the authoritative Urban Land Institute.

The ULI suggests development that is somewhat more compact than the suburban-subdivision-sprawl model - - nothing drastic, just logical - - which would mean more downtown developments like this one in Waukesha, or in Middleton Hills outside Madison, or along the riverfront in Milwaukee, but fewer big-lot projects cut into the Kettle Moraine or rural Dane County, for example, that require a two-mile drive for a quart of milk and a 20-mile ride to work.

Plenty more material at the Congress for the New Urbanism, here.

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