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NRDC in support of HSR

NRDC Switchboard (January, 2012)
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Kaid Benfield references Peter Calthorpe's recent Op-Ed piece in making a strong case in support of California High Speed Rail.

Kaid Benfield references Peter Calthorpe's recent Op-Ed piece in the San Francisco Chronicle, which made a strong case in support of the development of High Speed Rail in California. Kaid adds his own personal anecdotes in support of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and High Speed Rail, and references recent research that shows that TOD reduces driving among residents.

Peter's HSR Op-Ed

San Francisco Chronicle (January, 2012)
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In a piece published in the Open Forum on the San Francisco Chronicle's Op-Ed page, Peter Calthorpe makes a strong argument in favor of California's high-speed rail project.

In a piece published in the Open Forum on the San Francisco Chronicle's Op-Ed page, Peter Calthorpe makes the argument that: "Today, our country desperately needs new infrastructure development that will create jobs and economic growth while updating the American Dream and ensuring its environmental future. The answer is high-speed rail."

Peter at US HSR Conf.

New York (November 2011)
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Peter Calthorpe at the US High Speed Rail Conference in November 2011, discussing the importance of high speed rail and transit infrastructure in shaping the future of our communities 

At the New York conference of the US High Speed Rail Association held on November 8th 2011, Peter Calthorpe explained the importance of changing the way we design our communities in response to a paradigm shift in lifestyle needs. Increasingly, the need is to provide communities with choices in the form of diverse housing stock, affordable transit and a healthier way of life. High speed rail and transit infrastructure provides the neccessary groundwork for a network of land use patterns that help in achieving these goals.

SEGA & the Rural Edge

Miller-McCune (September, 2011)
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The South East Growth Area (SEGA) plan in Fresno seeks to protect agriculture and nature, while still accommodating growth.

 

"Forget large-lot, single-family, cul-de-sac subdivisions accessed by traffic arteries lined with fast-food and big-box outlets. Future development would be densely clustered or channeled into towns and villages on sites less valuable for farming and conservation or where infrastructure already exists. Besides homes, these growth centers would include shops, workplaces, schools, pedestrian amenities and transit. This kind of development, known as new urbanism, is already increasingly familiar. What’s new is its integration with efforts to protect working and natural landscapes."

Tech vs. Green Cities

www.mashable.com, June 2011
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Peter Calthorpe and green urbanism are pitted against technological fixes in this article.

An interesting idea that takes Calthorpe's ideas about green urbanism, and asks if they can also be paired with innovative technological fixes:

Cities & Renewables

www.renewableenergymagazine.com (July 2011)
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In an interview with Dan McCue, Peter Calthorpe discusses the critical role that New Urbanism can play in the successful adoption and deployment of renewable energy, not just in the U.S, but in any country that takes its future viability seriously.

Peter Calthorpe has long taken the position that redefining the models of growth in America is essential to addressing climate change. He is just as firm in asserting how the principles of New Urbanism, mixed with conservation technologies, can have a major impact in reducing carbon emissions and the demand from traditional, petroleum-based sources, thus easing the transition to a wide range of renewable energy sources.

Peter @ climate one

www.climate-one.org (May 2011)
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Peter Calthorpe appeared at Climate One in May to discuss a love story gone horribly wrong.

"It’s a love story gone horribly wrong. Big cars, ever-bigger homes, distant suburbs – all of it kept afloat by cheap oil. If this American arrangement ever made sense, it certainly doesn’t now, Peter Calthorpe told a Climate One audience in San Francisco on May 25."

New Webinar Online

Smart Growth America (April 2011)
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In a new webinar from Smart Growth America, introduced as "Peter Calthorpe Tells All," his new book "Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change" is discussed in detail.

In a new webinar from Smart Growth America, introduced as "Peter Calthorpe Tells All," his new book "Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change" is discussed in detail. "Is your agency or organization looking to start or advance a regional plan? In this latest webinar from the Sustainable Communities Network, award-winning planner Peter Calthorpe shares advice on how to begin, implement and successfully navigate the regional planning process, and ideas about how to leverage regions’ unique qualities to meet fiscal goals, land use challenges and transportation needs."

Cities: "cutting edge"

www.smartplanet.com (April 2011)
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For an Earth Day Special Feature, the blog www.smartplanet.com interviews Peter Calthorpe to find out "why cities are on the 'cutting edge of environmentalism'".

 

Tyler Falk, from the blog www.smartplanet.com, interviews Peter Calthorpe about his new book, "Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change," to discover "why cities are on the 'cutting edge of environmentalism'". It turns out that, even for city dwellers who don't consciously consider themselves to be environmentalists, just by "living in cities and walkable towns they’re at the cutting edge of environmentalism."

EBA Forums Begin

Calthorpe Associates (April 2011)
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Calthorpe Scenarios Fuel Bay Area Regional Discussions

Calthorpe Associates deployed its Rapid Fire model to produce a series of regional scenarios for the San Francisco Bay Area. Those scenarios and their results are available on an interactive website (www.youchoosebayarea.org), and are the subject of community forums which begin on April 21, 2011. See the Envision Bay Area project page for more information.