Bryan Meltz for The New York Times

In California, a New Fight to Stop Building in the Path of Fire. Dr. Pincetl in The New York Times.

“We’re at a kind of inflection point between the legacy of the 20th century and the imperatives of the 21st century,” said Stephanie Pincetl, director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities at U.C.L.A. “No, you can’t just develop whatever you want to because you want to — that’s over. There’s no accountability in that over the long term.”