While encouraging "transit-oriented development" (or TOD) is generally a good idea - greater use of public transit is associated with higher rates of "active transportation" (i.e., walking, biking) and the many accompanying health and environmental benefits - concentrating development along congested highways is increasingly viewed by the scientific community as a recipe for poor health.
Why? In short, residents of housing near busy freeways are exposed to significantly higher levels of air pollution than those who reside only a few blocks away, and consequently suffer from a host of pollution-related health issues, including higher rates impaired lung development, asthma, heart disease, and cancer.
Fortunately in planning for the next twenty years of our City, we as a community have a great degree of control over where we place future residential and commercial growth. Based on the known health risks, Day One urges the City to limit further 210-adjacent residential housing development within 500 feet of the 210, but encourage commercial and residential growth in the City center, especially around the Fillmore and Del Mar Gold Line stations, which are not in the middle of the freeway, are centrally located, and have great potential to become vibrant, pedestrian, bicycle and transit-friendly neighborhoods.
For additional background on the development of the draft plan, its potential health effects and Day One's recommendations, check out our earlier post on the process and health effects of freeway-adjacent transit oriented development.
LIVE LOUD: Let the City Council Know You Support a Healthier, More Pedestrian and Transit-friendly Pasadena
Day One encourages community members to weigh in on the proposed changes by contacting the City Council via email, phone and/or in person by providing comment at one of two meetings planned to discuss the draft plan (April 8th and 22nd - 6:30pm, Council Chambers, Pasadena City Hall, 175 N. Garfield Ave.
Council agendas can be downloaded here. Contact information for Pasadena's elected leaders can be found at the bottom of this post, below the fold, and on the City's website here.
Day One's Official Comment Letter to the Pasadena City Council (download at right, or view below)
Contact Information for Pasadena City Council
Bill Bogaard, Mayor
Phone 626.744.4311; Fax (626) 744-3727
Phone 626.744.4741 or 626.831.8609; Fax 626.398.1836
Jacque Robinson, Councilmember District 1
Phone 626.744.4444; Fax 626.396.7300
Margaret McAustin, Councilmember District 2
Anthony Kennedy, Councilmember District 3
Phone 626.744.4738; Fax 626.744.4774
Gene Masuda, Councilmember District 4
Steve Madison, Councilmember District 6
Terry Tornek, Councilmember District 7
Phone 626.441.4802; Fax 626.441.4806