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Feds Push State-level Smart Growth

Leonard Gilroy
July 12, 2005, 1:28pm

The feds are stepping up their efforts to spread 'smart growth': For the moment, let's set aside a couple of obvious problems with smart growth: What I want to know is this: is it a legitimate function of government to "enhance places that people love?" Maybe we could all agree that the Grand Canyon is worth setting aside, but when we're talking about the built environment, one man's suburban family home in a good school district is another man's example of waste and consumerism. Conversely, one man's dense, thriving urban neighborhood is another man's claustrophobic nightmare full of crime and bad schools. I, for one, don't feel comfortable with the idea of the NEA & EPA being the arbiter of what kinds of communities are worth loving. Average Americans can make those choices for themselves, thank you very much. Unless the 'smart growth' crowd gets its way...

Leonard Gilroy is Director of Government Reform


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