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Will Los Angeles Join a Ban on New Gas Stations?

The small but growing Safe Cities movement is looking to LA to help stop the construction of new gas stations across North America.

A car leaves a gas station in Los Angeles.

A car leaves a gas station in Los Angeles.

Photographer: Bing Guan/Bloomberg

With cities looking to reduce their dependency on fossil fuels and fight pollution, a handful have been experimenting with a less traditional approach: No new gas stations. 

Cities in the North Bay area of California, New York and British Columbia have passed moratoriums on future fuel outlets or are developing policies to do so. They’re part of the small but growing Safe Cities campaign, a movement backed by the environmental group Stand.Earth that supports local efforts to phase out fossil fuels.