Smart-growth Controversy in Albuquerque

Albuquerque Tribune columnist Jeffry Gardner rants about Smart-growth efforts in Albuquerque, calling them misguided -- especially in the context of housing affordability.
July 23, 2004, 12pm PDT | Connie Chung
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Jeffry Gardner writes that while Smart-growth proponents in Albuquerque are seemingly focusing on developers, their true targets are low and middle income families. He writes that Smart-growth efforts are laudable, but ultimately "ring hollow" as he feels that 1000 Friends groups are "initiating dictatorial zoning laws" that are "incrementally eliminating private-property rights."

He further writes: "Frankly, there's a lot to be said in favor of sprawl, if it affords giving people a shot at a decent house without having to sell a family member or two to pay for it."

Thanks to Connie Chung

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Published on Wednesday, July 21, 2004 in The Albuquerque Tribune
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