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Plan Bay Area: ‘Smart growth’ and ‘sustainable communities’ hurt the poor

November 13, 2013

By Lawrence J. McQuillan : mercurynews – excerpt

The Association of Bay Area Governments and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission have approved Plan Bay Area, a master plan for housing, transportation and land use in the San Francisco Bay Area through 2040. The goals of “smart growth” and “sustainable communities” sound noble, but the plan will disproportionately harm the region’s poor and minorities. A lawsuit seeks to halt implementation.

Plan Bay Area creates Priority Development Areas throughout the nine counties and 101 cities that are members of ABAG. Eighty percent of the new housing needed in the Bay Area over the next 28 years, as its population grows from 7 million to 9 million, will occur in these areas. The largest are in North and Central San Jose; parts of Alum Rock; Redwood City near Highway 101; the eastern third of San Francisco; and the western Oakland/Emeryville area — neighborhoods with disproportionate populations of minorities, poor and seniors, according to census data…

It will deploy a transportation budget of $292 billion, but only 12 percent will fund new capacity ….

A group called Bay Area Citizens has filed a lawsuit contending, among other things, planners ignored alternatives that would let people choose for themselves how and where they live. The opening brief is expected in December. The court should invalidate Plan Bay Area.

Lawrence J. McQuillan is a senior fellow and the director of the Center on Entrepreneurial Innovation at the Independent Institute ( in Oakland. He wrote this for this newspaper… (more)

All the transit money MUST be spent on capital improvements. No money can go toward maintenance or operations. This is the law that needs to be changed.

One Comment leave one →
  1. holeshothunter permalink
    November 13, 2013 10:34 am

    I’m g***d ready to start shootin’ back.

    *Holeshot Hunter*


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