Smart Growth: A Disconnect Between Planners And People

While planners recommend denser development, people choose the opposite. Is "smart growth" inconsistent with the American Dream?
August 10, 2004, 8am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"A review of key state and local planning records, however, shows no significant shifts in Maryland's development patterns since the passage of Glendening's smart-growth package. Growth still takes place where there was nothing, rather than where it has gone before....Home building continues to consume roughly 25 square miles of Maryland landscape every year...Critics of smart growth contend that the basis for neighborhood opposition is elemental and immovable: Most Americans prefer fewer neighbors and won't willingly live in or tolerate the construction of denser neighborhoods."

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Published on Monday, August 9, 2004 in The Washington Post
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