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Recipe for Disaster in California

Leonard Gilroy
February 1, 2005, 3:04pm

As if you needed a refresher on the stale arguments in the "smart growth" playbook, this Modesto Bee oped by humanities teacher Eric Caine calls for statewide growth management in California and regional planning in the Central Valley: I can't bear to excerpt any more. Though he's obviously passionate, he must not realize that what he's really calling for is to drive California into the ground, make housing even more expensive, increase economic hardship on low and middle income families, transfer local control of land use to an unaccountable state bureaucracy, make the state even less appealling to businesses, and dramatically increase the regulatory burden in an already overburdened state. Great plan! For some background, check out the study Sam and I wrote detailing the effects of statewide growth management on housing affordability in Oregon, Washington, and Florida. Short summary: it's not pretty. And check out UrbanFutures.org for more on the shortcomings of "smart growth."

Leonard Gilroy is Director of Government Reform


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