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U2 Guitarist Loses Bid to Build 5 Coastal Mansions

The Edge wants a grand, 156-acre development in Malibu
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2011 12:23 PM CDT

(Newser) – California coastal officials have rejected the quaint plan from U2 guitarist the Edge (aka David Evans) to put up five mansions on an environmentally sensitive ridgeline above Malibu, reports the Los Angeles Times. "In 38 years of this commission's existence, this is one of the three worst projects that I've seen in terms of environmental devastation," says the coastal commission director. Evans, however, swears his plan is green, and the matter is now expected to end up in court.

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How exactly would five 13,000-square-foot mansions on 156 acres where mountain lions roam be green? Solar panels, recycled materials, rainwater catchment systems, etc. Not good enough, said the coastal panel and area residents, who think it's way too big to qualify as eco-friendly and would set a dangerous precedent for other such projects in the Santa Monica Mountains. (Read more Malibu stories.)

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