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New Zealand Argues Over Portland-Style Smart Growth Plan

While Steven Ames was invited to create a plan for Auckland, numerous critics have attacked the Oregon-based planner, claiming "smart growth has failed."

The battle over the merits of smart growth, as exemplified by Portland, Oregon, has reached New Zealand's principal city. In an effort to plan for Auckland's next thirty years, local officials went to the Oregon city to better understand the effects of Ames' philosophy. Despite many clear benefits, numerous critics from New Zealand and abroad cite some massive failures as "the dark side of smart growth."

Thanks to Jeffrey Goodman

Full Story: Auckland's growing pains

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