Mercury News: San Jose sets example

The San Jose Mercury News reports:

The Bay Area can meet its need for new homes and workplaces over the next quarter-century without encroaching on its open spaces or sending residents on mega-commutes into outlying valleys, says a report released Wednesday by an environmental group.

By focusing new housing construction on underused sites in seven “smart spots” ringing the bay, more than 80 percent of the region’s projected need for housing can be met by 2035, according to a three-year study by Greenbelt Alliance.

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said San Jose must strive to grow in ways that will attract creative residents who will keep Silicon Valley at the forefront of technological innovation. That goal, he said, means keeping the city an enjoyable, beautiful place to live.

“We simply have to find a way to accommodate the economic development, and the people that go with the economic development, without destroying our physical environment,” he said.

Read the complete article at San Jose Mercury News.

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