A movement started in Oregon in 1975 is spreading as smart-growth citizen groups bloom in many states; Will they reshape our cities?
The 1000 Friends movement was started in 1975 in Oregon as a citizen's smart-growth group. The movement is spreading to other states such as New Mexico and Illinois where groups are forming and providing a "counterweight" to powerful developers. Are these groups effective? Or are they a "Draconian threat to property rights?". "Will the movement halt sprawl and reshape the cities and suburbs? "
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