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In addressing regional goals on issues such as the provision for housing, 21 Elements has set an excellent example of coordination among jurisdictions at the local level to support local planning for housing and respond to broader issues and State requirements.
Affordable housing is a major issue in the Bay Area. Silicon Valley and San Francisco are among the most expensive places in the U.S. to live, and the East Bay is not far behind. It is crucial for California governments at all levels – local, county, and state – to address the housing crisis.
Today, more than 50-percent of Americans chose to reside in the suburbs. Many suburbs are comprised of cul-de-sacs. Ever since the end of World War II and since the beginning of the development of President Eisenhower’s Interstate System, sprawling communities have become a staple of society.
Complete streets are streets designed to accommodate all users, of all ages and abilities, and implementation of complete streets have provided a number of benefits within the community.
As self-driving cars move from science fiction to reality, city planners will have to consider how self-driving cars (also called autonomous vehicles) will affect cities. Future car technology will likely change our cities needs for maps, parking, gas stations, and streets. City planners will need to update their cities as we all transition from a driven to driverless society.
Municipalities can be classified into two categories: cities governed under Dillon’s rule and those governed under home rule charters. Under Dillon’s rule—commonly known as general law—municipal and county power is diminished and the state is assumed to hold all non-federal power.