In Defense Of CA's Redevelopment Agencies

Redevelopment agencies are vital to job creation and necessary for central cities to stem suburban job sprawl, claims Gerald Metcalf, executive director of a SF urban think tank (SPUR), countering CA Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed elimination of them.
January 24, 2011, 1pm PST | Irvin Dawid
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Metcalf of San Francisco Planning + Urban Research (SPUR) writes that Governor Brown's proposal to eliminate 425 redevelopment agencies to reduce California's $25 billion shortfall "is going to backfire terribly: It will give a short-term boost to the ailing budget, but reduce the long-term economic growth that would otherwise come to California."

"(W)e are talking about eliminating the tool central cities use to attract growth that would otherwise go to the suburban periphery. The elimination of redevelopment funding - coupled with the governor's proposal to eliminate the Williamson Act farmland preservation funding - amounts to a shift in favor of suburban sprawl."

Also writing in Insight, Chronicle columnist Debra Saunders ("Jerry Brown takes on redevelopment") gives reasons why Gov. Brown is doing the right thing in this bold proposal: "While boosters say that redevelopment fosters economic growth, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office recently reported, "We find no reliable evidence that this program improves overall economic development in California."

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Published on Sunday, January 23, 2011 in San Francisco Chronicle - Sunday Insight
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