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Urban Sprawl: Issues and Alternatives

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{Nature_and_Environment.12.21}: Kai Hagen {kai} Sun, 07 Mar 2004 23:16:42 CST (HTML)

It can get pretty bad in the SF Bay Area now and then. But it's generally not as bad a Los Angeles.

For one thing, the mountains around the SF area are a lot smaller, not more than about 4,000 feet, and mostly less.

Where the air quality has really been degrading in California is the Central Valley, one of the most productive agricultural areas in the world:

From "http://www.earthjustice.org/accomplishments/ display.html?ID=96"

"Threatened with lawsuits from Earthjustice and clean-air advocates, in October 2001, the EPA redesignated the San Joaquin Valley a "severe" ozone region, a change in status from "serious" that reflects the smog problem as well as the lack of progress in solving it. The reclassification means that the 25,000-square-mile valley becomes one of the 11 most polluted regions in the nation. Concentrations of ozone and airborne particulate matter from Stockton to Bakersfield rival pollution found in Los Angeles and Houston."


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