Smart Growth Weathered Housing Crisis Better Than Sprawl

Abigail Gardner of Smart Growth America takes aim at a recent article based primarily on Wendell Cox's correlation of smart growth policies to the housing market bubble and collapse.

Cox's report, "The Housing Crash and Smart Growth" (PDF), and summarized in Planetizen: Wendell Cox Blames Planners for Housing Crisis, "argues land-use restrictions and planning policies like smart growth fueled property prices and became the engine of the housing boom and bust."

Gardner sees the causes of the housing crash differently.

"The only national variable that correlates clearly with this overwhelmingly national trend was the loosening of mortgage lending rules and Wall Street's invention of new ways to profit from bad loans - not land use restrictions."

In fact, it is peripheral suburbs that are disproportionately affected by the foreclosure crisis, writes Gardener: "Areas that pulled out all the stops on new development suffered more than those that took a more measured approach."

Thanks to ClimatePlan

Full Story: Smart Growth to Blame For the Housing Crash? Not By a Long Shot



Why does anyone still listen to Wendell Cox?????

Why in the world do people continue to listen to this guy? He's proved over and over he doesn't care about facts unless they allow him to bend toward his pet perspective. It would be so much more effective if people who really adore the suburbs make an impassioned defense based on their true perspective rather than misinformation. I might even listen.

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