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As a physician specializing in allergy and respiratory disease and former resident of Mansion Park, I fully support efforts to encourage Chico State University freshmen to leave their cars at home.Butte County residents are facing a crisis in air pollution due to our geography and growth. The many harmful effects from air pollution are only recently unfolding in the medical literature. A major source of our air pollution is fossil fuel combustion from automobiles and trucks. The diseases promoted by such emissions are asthma, allergies, heart disease, strokes, COPD and cancer. Medical studies reveal that the closer a person is to heavy traffic flow, the greater the emission exposure and the greater risk of disease development.

In my opinion, without car restrictions on freshmen using the new dormitory, the residents of Mansion Park and adjacent areas will experience an unacceptable risk for developing or aggravating allergy, asthma, COPD, heart disease, strokes and cancer from the numerous cars moving up and down their neighborhood looking for inadequate CSUC and street parking spaces.

Chico provides most everything a freshman might need within walking/bicycling distance of the dorms. Let’s do the “green thing” for the sake of clean air for all and promote walking and bicycling among the freshman class. Our entire community will benefit, especially Mansion Park residents who live adjacent to CSUC and Chico High and bear a constant flow of student traffic.