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 larger: find out how to Take keep watch over of city progress and increase Your neighborhood is the source you have been trying to find. Exploding the parable that development is sweet for us, this publication sincerely and convincingly exhibits how city development can, in reality, go away our groups completely scarred, and saddled with very excessive expenditures. full of life, available, and full of insights, principles, instruments, and assets, larger now not higher is for either the pro planner and the normal citizen.

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We are told that slowing growth would be disastrous and that even if we wanted to slow growth, it would be impossible. But where is the careful analysis that gives people the confidence to make such claims? When such rhetoric is accepted and not questioned, it results in many poor public policies that fail to serve the greater public welfare. It is important to get beyond the rhetoric in order to base local discussion and decision-making on more substantive and objective information. Only then can we start to have 38 The Twelve Big Myths of Growth 39 TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ABOUT GROWING CITIES: 1.

The reality is that the family who would have bought or rented the house, will simply buy or rent somewhere else. The homeless person’s plight will not be resolved either way. Undeveloped land has another value which is similar to having a savings account that you never use. You don’t have to spend it to appreciate that it’s there in the event you need it. Communities without adequate open space or vacant land have spent their savings accounts and have limited their options for the future. Myth 11: A person’s visual preference is no basis for objecting to development.

Myth 11: A person’s visual preference is no basis for objecting to development. Myth 12: Environmentalists are just another special interest. There is no such thing as the public interest. divert money away from other important public services. We hear that the more people and businesses we attract to our community, the more tax revenues we will have. Supposedly this will generate surplus funds and enable us to get more public services or pay for a new library or concert hall we couldn’t have afforded otherwise, without increasing our individual tax burden.

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