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The corporation that ate San Francisco

Submitted by Reporter on Tue, 03/13/2007 - 10:00pm

For the past decade, Florida-based megadeveloper Lennar Corp. has been snatching up the rights to the Bay Area's former naval bases, those vast stretches of land that once housed the Pacific Fleet but are now home to rats, weeds, and in some places, low-income renters.


Panel challenges transit funding

Submitted by admin on Fri, 01/12/2007 - 10:00pm
OAKLAND - A minority advisory committee headed by a Mill Valley man is pushing a key Bay Area transportation funding agency to spend more money on transit in low-income areas, such as Marin City and the Canal neighborhood.

But a Metropolitan Transportation Commission committee Friday rejected a proposal to adopt guidelines on the issue, saying equity in transit was too hard to define.

Update: MTC Rejects Bid for Environmental Justice Principles

Submitted by admin on Thu, 01/11/2007 - 10:00pm
A Metropolitan Transportation Commission committee today rejected for now a request by activists that it adopt a set of "environmental justice principles" aimed at remedying alleged transit funding inequities for minority and low-income people.

However, Legislation Committee members said they will revisit the issue later this year after new members are assigned to the committee.

Majora Carter: Greening the ghetto Speech

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 05/31/2006 - 10:00pm

In an emotionally charged talk, Majora Carter explains her fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx. This MacArthur-winning activist shows how minority neighborhoods have suffered most from flawed urban policy, and energetically shares her grassroots efforts to "green the ghetto." Her talk from the heart drew a spontaneous standing ovation at TED, and has proved equally moving online. As blogger Mike Maupuia records: "So I'm sitting at my desk at

Ten U.S. Cities Best Prepared for an Oil Crisis

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 03/27/2006 - 2:01pm
SustainLane has ranked the largest 50 U.S. cities based on recent city commute practices, metro area public transportation, sprawl, traffic congestion, local food and wireless network access (in order of importance: see chart). There are many other areas that rising oil prices will affect: construction, retail goods of all types, utilities (especially in the Northeast, the one part of the nation where heating oil is used)—virtually every aspect of our economy will be hit.


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