Transportation and Land-use
in Sonoma County
Having remained rural longer than most counties in California, Sonoma County's interesting and beautiful terrain became a magnet for immigrants fleeing from the more urban parts of California.
The conservationists who founded the Sonoma County Transportation Coalition saw that the overwhelming reliance on the automobile was eroding the countryside. Sprawl was going to kill the natural amenities that brought people here. Transportation options better suited for centers of population than for sprawl were needed.
If cities become much more pleasant places to live, people may become more content with urban surroundings and less eager to plant houses in the countryside.
On this website, we attempt to explain some of the shortcomings of the autocentric approaches that dominate our lives. At the same time we present constructive alternatives that are realistic and economic. Insofar as possible, we try to illustrate these alternatives with examples of successful approaches used elsewhere. We also call attention to Sonoma County initiatives that we think are pointed in the right directions. There are many.
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