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A Tale of Three Cities

Aug. 3, 2009

By 2020, more than 75 percent of civic construction projects will fall under the renovation category, and communities will have to grapple with the concepts of sustainability and planning like never before.

This is a story of three California cities, three projects, and three approaches to sustainable design. One city government struggled with the issue of how to mandate green in its community while addressing the concerns of the development community. Another council found itself accepting direction via the vote of its community; another city focused on the return of its investment vs. the costs associated with inaction.

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