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Development Fails the Public Opinion Polls

A recent article for PlannersWeb called “10 Things You Should Know About How the Public Feels About Development” provides helpful data and insight into the type of opposition encountered whenever new development projects face public scrutiny.

Patrick Fox writes for PlannersWeb about the public sentiment toward development—long a source of frustration (on both sides of the issue) in communities all over the country. The article includes a lot of data that provides insight into the how and why the public is sometimes hard to convince regarding new development in their communities.

For instance, Fox cites a statistic that states that 79 percent of Americans want no new development projects in their communities, although opposition is generally higher in some parts of the country (i.e., the Mid-Atlantic) than others (i.e., the Northeast).

Another telling statistic from the article: “64% of Americans say the relationship between developers and elected officials makes the process unfair.”

Full Story: 10 Things You Should Know About How the Public Feels About Development

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