EPA: Smart Growth At What Cost?

Under the guidance of Christine Todd Whitman the EPA has found religion in smart growth. The Wall Street Journal questions whether this is good.
December 29, 2001, 10am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"What advocates of growth controls fail to acknowledge is the unpleasant reality of tradeoffs. In Portland, Ore., the showcase of growth controls, the cost of housing has soared as development has been hemmed in. In Seattle, St. Louis and elsewhere, the costs of planned or existing light-rail systems to reduce traffic congestion have soared out of control without improving commuting times. And while Americans might favor "smart growth" over "dumb growth," they continue to move out of central cities into the suburbs."

Thanks to The Practice of New Urbanism

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Published on Friday, December 28, 2001 in Wall St. Journal
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