August 16, 2012 |
It's hot out there. Hotter than it would be if instead of what I see outside my sliver of window -- roads, buildings -- there was grass and vegetation. Hotter, too, than it would be if the buildings were all covered with white paint, a la a Greek island. This is the “heat island effect,” and it happens because the materials used to make roads and structures absorb a lot more heat from the sun than does vegetation. They slowly release that heat through the night, keeping everything not-so-nicely cooking.
December 17, 2006
Re "Mega-projects could reshape L.A. growth," Dec. 13 The article contrasts today's "smart growth" with what came before: "In the 1960s and '70s, for example, city planners created a second downtown in Century City, but they did so far from any freeways or mass transit, a legacy that Westside commuters deal with daily." However, Century City was intended to be smart growth. From a 1972 Times article: "When the Planning Commission approved the master plan of Welton Becket Associates for the vast development of Century City, it was agreed that both a Beverly Hills freeway and a rapid transit line would be needed to make the center possible."
June 5, 2003 |
A three-year, $5.5-million study of America's ocean waters, conducted by a panel of politicians, scientists and fishermen, calls for the creation of a new federal agency to control overfishing, pollution and urban encroachment. The study by the Pew Oceans Commission details a developing crisis in U.S.
August 25, 2002 |
IRONWOOD FOREST NATIONAL MONUMENT, Ariz.--Darrell Tersey bumps the four-wheel drive along a desert wash, steers up the bank and comes to a dusty stop. The Bureau of Land Management agent steps out onto what appears to be a dry lake bed. No living thing can be spotted within a 20-acre circle. The ground sparkles under the harsh sun. Closer inspection reveals it is carpeted with shattered beer bottles and spent shell casings.
May 19, 2002 |
One of the first major metropolitan areas in the nation to throw up an imaginary fence around the suburbs to rein in sprawl is deciding whether to loosen the restrictions. An "urban growth boundary" that has preserved forests and farmland on the doorsteps of Oregon's largest city has made Portland a national model for controlling sprawl. Metro, an elected regional agency created in 1979, decides when and where the line can be extended, based on population growth within the imaginary fence.
May 9, 1999
William Fulton's analysis of intensifying urban growth pressures in Southern California (Opinion, May 2) sheds light on important challenges for our region. He correctly points to escalating citizen movements to preserve "quality of life" and resist massive and high-density urban encroachment. However, to speak of only "scraps" of land available for urbanization may be misleading on two scores. Acreages in Riverside and San Bernardino and northern L.A. counties are extensive and, over time, could grow into strong satellite metropolises if developed with dispersed airport and high-speed rail systems.