Sprawl Is Becoming A Bipartisan Issue

In Ohio, an increasing number of Republicans are embracing the anti-sprawl agenda.
July 30, 2004, 6am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"Gene Krebs is a seventh-generation chicken farmer from Prebble County, which is the last piece of Ohio if you're headed west on I-70. It's the kind of place where tall corn and billboards constitute a skyline. People there probably don't worry too much about what happens in the city. But Krebs sees that what happens to cities affects Ohio farms. Hired in January as director of statewide land-use group Greater Ohio, Krebs is marching with an increasing number of Republicans who have taken interest in sprawl....David Beach, who directs Eco-City Cleveland, helped found Greater Ohio and chose Krebs to lead the organization. “First, he has a history of issues and contacts throughout the state,” Beach says. “The fact that he is a Republican was an additional plus. This needs to be a bipartisan effort. It's a point of fact that if you want to change state policy in Ohio, you have to work with Republicans.”

Thanks to Sarah Wean

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Published on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 in The Cleveland Free Times

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