Goldberg: A Response To Smart Growth Critics

David Goldberg offers a compelling response to critics who charge that the current, sprawl-generating system, will produce enough affordable housing.
December 11, 2003, 7am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"As some critics would have it, Smart Growth and affordable housing are mutually exclusive. By aiming to slow the spread of the metropolitan footprint, they say, Smart-Growth practices restrict development of cheap land at the urban fringe, while steering new housing and other construction toward pricier land in already-developed areas. The critics would have a point if Smart Growth began and ended with urban growth boundaries. For an illustration, one need only look at a city like Boulder, CO, which surrounded itself with a greenbelt and saw housing prices skyrocket well beyond the reach of many of the people who hold jobs within the boundary."

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Published on Wednesday, December 10, 2003 in Realtor Magazine Online
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