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I Jlt]ImLlBlJlml .... 12 The Julian News Windspire San Diego County won't or can't put their requirements in writing. We have been trying to permit our turbines for almost 1 year. Let's hope this resolves itself before the rebate moneyrunsout. Double H ndpower 760-767-5662 00LocalT_pertence Since 1988' * Tree Consulting and Inspection for Pests * Long Term Forest Maintenance and Planning * Hazardous Removal and Precision Felling * Ornamental Pruning and Lacing * Brush Clearing and Chipping FREE ES TIMA TES Licensed and Bonded Fully Insured for Your Protection ERIC DAUBER H: 760-765-2975 C: 760-271-9585 P Box 254 JULIAN, CA. 92036 License #945348 WE-8690A EARTH TALK00 Questions & Andwers About Our Environment Dear Earth Talk: What is "smart growth" and how does it benefit the environment? And what are the downsides, if any? -- Frank Quinn, Missoula, MT Originating in the early 1970s when city planners began renovating crumbling inner cities in the face of widespread suburbanization and sprawl, smart growth is now a top buzzword in both municipal policy and environmental circles. Some form of smart growth has likely been implemented where you live or somewhere nearby. Urban planners subscribing to a smart growth philosophy work to concentrate growth in the center of existing cities and towns to avoid sprawling development in areas otherwise prized for open space. Part of a smart growth effort attempts to minimize automobile traffic and its pollution in urban centers by including stores, residences and schools in neighborhoods, resulting in more walking, bicycle riding and mass transit usage than in a typical suburban environment. Advocates maintain that smart growth initiatives create a unique sense of community and place, give people more transportation, employment and housing choices, and equitably distribute the costs and benefits of development while preserving and enhancing natural beauty, cultural resources and public health. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been a big smart growth booster since it formed the Smart Growth Network in 1996., Partners include environmental and historic preservation groups, professional organizations, developers, real estate interests, and local and state government entities. The network serves as a forum for educating the public and policymakers about the benefits of smart growth and fostering idea sharing and community among practitioners and advocates o1: smart growth planning. Partly thanks to the Smart Growth Network, smart growth initiatives are numerous across the U.S. today. Denver, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Chicago and dozens of othermetropolitan areas have experienced urban renewal in the last two decades thanks to planning that has taken into account livability, sustainability and preservation of open space. Communications channels facilitated via the Smart Growth Network enable the successes and failures of previous smart growth initiatives to be learning tools for planning new ones. Smart growth is not without its detractors. According to Todd Litman of the Canadian- based Victoria Transport Policy Institute, "small government" conservatives and libertarians criticize smart growth for infringing on freedom by instituting complicated layers of regulation over development plans, increasing traffic congestion and air pollution, reducing the affordability of urban housing while forcing locals out and creating undesirable levels of density, and requiring wasteful transit subsidies, among other beefs. Even the environmental community is somewhat divided. The majority view some development and expansion as inevitable (especially with human population always on the upswing)--and in that light embrace smart growth as a realistic lesser of possible evils. But a smaller segment of greens questions whether any development--smart or otherwise--is good for a given region's natural systems. But while such debates may rage on at universities and think tanks, smart growth is already becoming the standard lens through which development projects are judged in the majority of our metropolitan areas. CONTACTS: EPA, www.epa. org; Smart Growth Network, www.smartgrowth.org; Todd Litman,s "Evaluating Criticism of Smart Growth," www.vtpi.org/ sgcritics.pdf. The smart growth approach attempts to minimize automobile traffic and its pollution in urban centers by including stores, residences and schools in neighborhoods, resulting in more walking, bicycle riding and mass transit usage than in a typical suburban environment. Pictured: Retail and housing in San Diego, California on the site of a former Sears store. photo by Faceless B, courtesy Flickr GOT AN ENVIRONMENTAL QUESTION? Send it to: EarthTalk e/o E/The Environmental Magazine P.O. Box 5098 Westport, CT 06881 e-mail: earthtalk@emagazine.com. or submit it at: www.emagazine.com/earthtalk/thisweek/ April 21, 2010 P.O. Box 159, Ramona, CA 92065 (760) 789-0240 OPEN SUNDAYS! Beoring Fruit continued from page 11 spinning blue sphere. Long live the spirit of Earth Day! Julian's first Earth Day Fair comes to town on April 25th. It will happen at the Julian Farmer's Market at 4470 Highway 78 in Wynola from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Come and meet members of the Julian Community Garden group and see the new Teaching ,Garden behind the market. The group is seeking new gardeners, and will be offering growing spaces for what you might like to plant yourself. Also at the fair: games and activities for kids, a compost bin and wriggling worm bin, questions answered by California State Park Interpretive Ranger Daniel, Tricia Elisara on hand with her Green Party Kits, a representative from Camp Marston, recycling help from Ramona Disposal, and the ever buoyant musical experience known as Highwire--replete with guitars and Middle Eastern tables. And as always local farmers and vendors will be there, with their juicy earth grown wares--organic fruit, leafy greens and other assorted seasonal vegetables. Look too for the deliciously wholesome and whole-grained Julian Bakery which has returned a branch of itself to Julian with its breads and now pies of extraordinarily pure and healing ingredients! If you have any questions about the Julian Earth Fair, call Donna Turner at 760-445-9470. 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