Fremont Argus, June 25, 2007
Fremont, like every other American city,
is stuck between a rock and a hard place.
On one hand, the city needs to increase
its retail revenue to provide services, while on the
other it needs to think seriously about how to help curb
Mayor Bob Wasserman recently made a smart
move and signed Fremont up in the Sierra Club's Cool
Cities program. These are cities that have made a
commitment to decrease global warming by signing the
U.S. Mayors' Climate Protection Agreement, a good first
step, but just the first step.
Building shopping centers like Pacific
Commons is not a step in the right direction. It is as
pedestrian unfriendly as they come. A car is needed to
get there and you need to drive from store to store once
The massive parking lots required to hold
all the cars are not set up to keep pedestrians safe,
and the multiple-lane thoroughfares required to move the
traffic keep most people from attempting to cross them
Auto manufacturers love it; oil companies
love it; but our environment becomes more polluted with
every auto trip we must take.
Much smarter city planning is a must from
here on out if we're really serious about cooling our
planet and saving our environment.