Google Buses Hurt the Environment
Gentrification makes the poor into reluctant drivers: Susie Cagle
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 9, 2014 1:20 PM CDT
In this June 14, 2013 photo, a Google shuttle bus arrives at 18th and Dolores streets to pick up employees in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/San Francisco Chronicle, Paul Chinn)

(Newser) – Google touts the much-maligned buses that transport its San Francisco worker force as a sign of its green bona fides—after all, they keep employees' cars off the road. But in a high-profile lawsuit, activists are making the opposite argument: that the buses actually harm the environment because they foster gentrification, which displaces poor residents as housing costs go up along the bus routes. "If that sounds like an unusual take on environmental impact, it is—and it's brand-new," writes Susie Cagle at the Guardian. But she thinks it's an accurate one.

"Gentrification does have environmental ripple effects," Cagle argues. "Dense city living is better for the environment, but given private conveniences, it's becoming the exclusive realm of the rich." Poorer city workers are being forced into the suburbs, making them reluctant urban car commuters. Besides, "environmental stability in an age of climate change doesn't just mean running buses." When it comes to surviving climate disasters, "building and maintaining a resilient social infrastructure is arguably just as vital ... as building flood-proof parks." Click for Cagle's full piece.

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ICallBS
May 9, 2014 9:47 PM CDT
Who are they suing? What are they asking for? do they think this is going to stop property transactions in the San Francisco area? Am I missing something here?
scottinnh
May 9, 2014 5:30 PM CDT
Global Warming has a hysteresis to it.. By the time people realize the world is being destroyed it is far too late to save the word, it is already gone. Besides, 99.9 percent of the world have no understanding of the incredible scope of our unbounded population explosion and .1% don't care.
loginssuck
May 9, 2014 4:42 PM CDT
Sounds like someone is being particularly argumentative for the sake of "why the hell not and I've not got anything better to do".