A Report From The Anti-Smart Growth Front Lines

Ana Marie Cox reports from the front lines of the anti-smart growth movement. Is 'Gucci sprawl' the smart growth movement's dirty little secret?
August 22, 2003, 5am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"However, the most convincing arguments... didn't come from developers or ideologues who oppose government regulation on principle. They came from conservatives with environmental sympathies who point to D.C.'s suburbs as just one example among many where so-called smart-growth measures have led to anything but... 'The country charges implicit admission fees into communities,' says Utt. 'They've regulated mobile homes out of the county, and charge impact fees [on new homes] that are deliberately regressive,' making it economically impractical for builders to construct anything but tract mansions."

Thanks to Chris Steins

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Published on Wednesday, August 20, 2003 in MotherJones.com
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