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San Francisco Considers Bird-Safe Buildings

Board of Supervisors votes next week on plan to require safer windows
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2011 3:54 PM CDT

(Newser) – San Francisco lawmakers are looking out for the animals again. A Board of Supervisors committee has approved a plan to require new buildings to have treated glass or other measures to keep birds from banging into them, reports KCBS. The full board votes next week, with architects and developers complaining about the potential added expense. "This sounds like an 'only in San Francisco' kind of thing," writes Carolyn Tyler of KGO, but cities such as Toronto and Chicago have similar measures in place.

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"It's not about being a nanny state, it's about being responsible for the impacts we have on the environment," says a representative of the Golden Gate Audubon Society. (Read more San Francisco stories.)

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