Other Sites of Interest


Grassroots for Greenburgh

Grassroots for Greenburgh is "a community-based organization of citizens dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Greenburgh, New York."


Sprawl

Is your quality of life is worth more than quick access to a cheaper pair of underwear? The folks at Sprawl-Busters.Com think it is, and are willing to help you fight unwanted development of superstores in your area.

Sprawl-busters.com is

"... an International Clearinghouse on Big Box Anti-Sprawl Information No matter what the logo on the building says--Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Target, Lowe's, Kohls, CVS--if its unwanted development, Sprawl-Busters can help you stop it. In hundreds of communities, we have helped citizens groups strategize and carry out a plan to stop the superstores. Our Newsflash page contains the latest on big box battles from around the globe, and the book "Slam Dunking Wal-Mart" has become a citizen's classic for hands-on combat with Sprawl-Marts. If a big box store is causing you a big problem, call on Sprawl-Busters! Local visits can be arranged."

An excerpt from Stopping Sprawl by Growing Smarter, by Edward T. McMahon, land use planner, attorney, and director of The Conservation Fund's "American Greenways Program - from Issue 26, page 4, of the Planning Commissioners Journal, Spring 1997:

What do abandoned buildings, clogged highways, and new mega-malls in farm fields have in common? According to a growing list of national experts, all of these seemingly unrelated phenomenon are the direct result of sprawl.

Planning and greenspace advocates have long lamented the sprawling development that gobbles up huge tracts of prime farmland and forests while spawning dawn to dusk traffic congestion. But now they are being joined by low-income housing advocates, social service organizations, church leaders, and others concerned about urban decay and poverty.

"A recent Rutgers University study showed that sprawl costs taxpayers over 20 times what it provides in financial gain to speculators. .... Changing how development occurs in Durham must be our mandate. ... We were looking for candidates who could identify and describe a range of tools that can be used to manage growth in Durham such as adequate public facilities ordinances and impact fees. Adequate public facilities ordinances ensure that, through public or private provision, new construction will tackle increased congestion of roads, demands on schools, and other important public needs thereby providing adequate facilities.

http://www.smartgrowthamerica.com/


Detour Publications

"Are you a planner, activist, educator, consultant, developer, policy maker or simply interested in what makes our cities tick? You've travelled to the right place!"

The right place, in this case, is detourpublications.com - a web site which offers books, videos and resources on transportation and urban ecology.

It also provides an extensive links page.


Smart Growth
"In communities across the nation, there is a growing concern that current development patterns -- dominated by what some call 'sprawl' -- are no longer in the long-term interest of our cities, existing suburbs, small towns, rural communities, or wilderness areas. Though supportive of growth, communities are questioning the economic costs of abandoning infrastructure in the city, only to rebuild it further out. Spurring the smart growth movement are demographic shifts, a strong environmental ethic, increased fiscal concerns, and more nuanced views of growth. The result is both a demand and a new opportunity for smart growth." -- SmartGrowth.org
[Also see - Smart Growth and Smart Growth 2 at DobbsFerryDevelopmentIssues.Com]
The New Urban Agenda

The New Urban Agenda, an electronic journal that seeks to provide a blueprint for sustainable community development.

It offers case studies and scholarly articles in eight key areas:

  1. Overcoming Antiquated Institutional Frameworks
  2. Improving Insufficient Community Empowerment
  3. Removing Inappropriate Economic Incentives
  4. Changing Inappropriate Information Systems
  5. Addressing Inadequate Planning
  6. Using Appropriate Technology
  7. Removing Outdated Policies
  8. Changing Problematic Societal Values & Beliefs

The issue on Addressing Inadequate Planning includes:

Features of Sustainable Community Development: Social, Economic and Environmental Benefits and Two Case Studies
by Steven Peck and Guy Dauncey

Residential Street Pattern Design for Healthy Liveable Communities
by Fanis Grammenos and Julie Tasker-Brown

Development Charges: A Lost Opportunity to Encourage Sustainable Urban Development
by Ray Tomalty, Ph.D.

Activists Vie for Turn-Around on Southeast False Creek
by Don Alexander, Ph.D.

A Whole Systems Approach to Preserving and Enhancing the Urban Forest
by Oliver Kellhammer


Local Envrionmental Risks

Type in your zip code and get local pollution information from the Environmental Scorecard. Click here to learn why Dobbs Ferry (Zip Code Area 10522) is a very risky place to live, environmentally speaking:

  • "Westchester county ranked among the dirtiest/worst 10% of all counties in the US in terms of noncancer hazards from hazardous air pollutants,"

  • "923,459 people in WESTCHESTER County face a cancer risk more than 100 times the goal set by the Clean Air Act."

Who is polluting the Dobbs Ferry area? Primarily a facility in Peekskill, which emitted 1,000 tons of sulfur dioxide in 1999. Click here to find out more. Polluters are located on area maps.

Use a handy US Postal Service site to find the Zip Code of the any other city, town, or village in the US, and then enter that Zip Code at Environmental Scorecard to compare that place to Dobbs Ferry.