And then I’ll see a glimpse of it in a movie, or in my friends’ photo albums, and the memories of that sky make me ache for home. Your eyes can rest with nothing–no people, no buildings–but earth and sky.
I need more solitude in order to work than I ever get in Los Angeles.
Argh. I am writing a paper right now on how planners can and should win more often in public conflicts.
They could learn a lesson from the railroads. The LA Times reported a few days ago that, in order to avoid emissions regulation in southern California:
The lawsuit filed by the Assn. of American Railroads and the BNSF and Union Pacific railroad companies challenged restrictions imposed in 2005 and 2006 by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, which covers Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
link: Local agencies can’t limit train emissions, court rules – latimes.com
This would be known as an end-run around the communities and the state and regional air quality management agencies.
So much for collaboration and win-win solutions.
This ruling in general worries me; I’ve fretted for some time about whether all sort of local air quality measures–likely to be more efficient for many sectors than federal regulations–were going to get hit with these types of challenges.
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