Monday, June 8, 2009

A New Car-Free Community in the East Bay?

By Robert Gammon
Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 10:37 AM

Environmentalist Sherman Lewis is promoting a new car-free community in the Hayward foothills in an old quarry. According to the Chron, the Quarry Village envisioned by Lewis, a former longtime professor at Cal State East Bay, would include 1,000 housing units without garages. Shuttles would take residents to downtown Hayward and the Hayward BART station. Lewis' idea is only in its early stages; he has yet to find financial backing. But it's an intriguing plan, especially because the proposed development would be so far from Hayward's downtown area, making the car-free community unusual. But we have one gripe in what is otherwise a well-written Chron story. The paper's claim that Hayward is "not known for pushing progressive ideals" is completely off base. Hayward has been one of the most progressive cities in the East Bay for many years; it's just that its long tradition of liberalism has gone mostly unnoticed by San Francisco media. Lewis also is well-known in mid-county for his innovative ideas, and his push for transit-oriented development.

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