Be Small To Be Smart

<p>Smart Growth projects are having trouble gathering support in Long Island, New York, mainly because of their large scales.</p>
October 29, 2007, 1pm PDT | Nate Berg
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"If, as a recent Stony Brook University poll reports, 43 percent of Long Islanders express a preference for living in places where they can walk, rather than drive, to shops, services and schools, why do many major projects designed to provide such 'smart growth' face strong opposition on the Island?"

"The answer may be that for Long Islanders, "smart growth" is missing one important adjective: small."

"The smaller smart-growth projects are at this stage more acceptable and easier for public officials to approve,' said Richard V. Guardino, executive dean of the Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies at Hofstra University. 'The scale is not overwhelming. You're not transforming an entire area.'"

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Published on Sunday, October 28, 2007 in The New York Times
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