Why New York Needs Smart Growth Laws

New York State Assembly Member Sam Hoyt is sponsoring new legislation to bring state spending in line with smart growth planning principles.

Noah Kazis of Streetsblog talked with Hoyt about the initiatives he's sponsoring. Here, the assemblyman speaks about why the initiatives are necessary:

"When some big developer wants to build a huge subdivision or office park, we quickly say, 'Oh good. That'' growth, that's development.' And we will subsidize the project by constructing sewers and building highways or roads, and it has a very disastrous multiplier effect, because it empties out the urban core where the infrastructure exists, it makes it more difficult for the workforce to be able to get to the jobs that may be created, and it dramatically increases the burden on the taxpayer, who has to pay for the construction and ultimately the maintenance of the new development."

Thanks to Noah Kazis

Full Story: Q&A With Sam Hoyt: Why New York State Needs a Smart Growth Law


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