Better, Not Bigger: How To Take Control of Urban Growth and by Eben V. Fodor

By Eben V. Fodor

When you've got had sufficient of never-ending development, and need to take care of it, then higher now not higher: find out how to Take keep an eye on of city development and increase Your neighborhood is the source you have been trying to find. Exploding the parable that development is sweet for us, this publication in actual fact and convincingly exhibits how city progress can, actually, go away our groups completely scarred, and saddled with very excessive bills. energetic, available, and full of insights, principles, instruments, and assets, larger no longer greater is for either the pro planner and the normal citizen.

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What was that land contributing to our life that will cause us to miss it — a relaxing view, a sense of comforting tranquility, an oasis of nature, a refuge from urban constructs, a buffer from noisy roads and factories? Perhaps we are also disturbed by the permanence of the loss. The farmer’s pasture that has sprouted an outlet mall will never again graze sheep. The third questionable assumption is that the land would generate more overall benefits for the community if it were developed. There are certainly cases where this is true, but many more where it is not.

Myth 5: Environmental protection hurts the economy. We must be willing to sacrifice local environmental quality for jobs and economic prosperity. Myth 6: Growth is inevitable. Growth management doesn’t work and therefore we have no choice but to continue growing. You can’t put a fence around our town. Myth 7: If you don’t like growth, you’re a “NIMBY”(not in my back yard) or an “ANTI” (against everything). Myth 8: Most people don’t really support growth management or environmental protection. ” Growth makes the economy strong and creates better-paying jobs.

Edward Abbey T he issue of urban growth is permeated with stereotyping, platitudes, clichés, rhetoric, questionable assumptions, and outright myths. If you are involved in local growth issues you will encounter many statements about the necessity and benefits of continued growth. Statements such as “we have to grow or die,” or “we have to grow to get new tax revenue,” are repeatedly made to justify growth. They are often proffered as conventional wisdom and usually made in an unqualified manner with no supporting evidence.

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