Jennifer Podvin 
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Re: “How an Environmental Law Is Harming the Environment

It seems to me that the city is already "developed"; this project would simply make that development more sustainable and provide much need housing in Berkeley. If I were a resident of this neighborhood I would support a project like this because it would mean less traffic congestion.
I think it is disingenuous to assume that these developers are only out for more profit--I'm sure there are many whose hearts are in the right place and the support of smart growth proponents seems to indicate that this is the case here. This assumption seems to be based on the idea that "green" = more expensive, which is not always the case; it's a rather cynical view of environmentalism and I would imagine these some of these activists really hate environmental laws.
I would also suppose that many of these activists live in single resident homes with 2 cars in the driveway and commute to work. Blocking development that would change this paradigm by using environmental law is hugely hypocritical and short sighted imo; not to mention a huge waste of time, energy and money that could be spent on real environmental problems.

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Posted by Jennifer Podvin on 03/15/2013 at 5:10 PM

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