Seeing the forest for the trees in urban planning

TODD LITMAN Todd Litman is an urban planning consultant and member of Cities for Everyone, a local organization that advocates for more affordable and inclusive communities.

Efforts to build urban housing, bike and bus lanes, and sewage systems have been loudly criticized for displacing trees. Such criticisms follow a common formula: 1. [Developers, planners, city engineers, the mayor] are ruining our city by cutting down...

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