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January 26, 2020

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Smart Growth
Last Featured: 3/22/2004

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From suburbs to ‘ex-urbs’, answers to sprawl generate controversy crossing political and ideological boundaries. Environmentalists, who traditionally ally themselves with Democrats, now see Republican governors from California to Vermont pushing Smart Growth strategies. Preservationists warn of diminishing farmlands; farmers worry about property rights. Urban planners wrestle with excess infrastructure costs while rural towns scramble to meet increasing needs. Home owners weigh rising prices against free choice and developers seek business-friendly policies they say will spur economic growth. The mix of issues touches the lives of almost all Americans who increasingly ask: is smart growth smart?

Keith Schneider is a nationally known environmental writer and commentator. He is the founder and Deputy Director of Michigan Land Use Institute. Prior to the Institute's start, Keith worked for ten years as a national correspondent with the New York Times, specializing in environment, agriculture, energy, and land use reporting. As chairman of the Michigan Communities Land Use Coalition in 1994, he helped build an effective statewide campaign to increase citizen oversight of natural gas development. Keith is a regular contributor to the New York Times, the Detroit Free Press, GristMagazine.com, and the Great Lakes Bulletin.

Sam Staley is President of the Buckeye Institute. In an earlier capacity, as research director, he lead the Institute’s policy research in education reform, tax and fiscal policy, health care, urban development and growth, and urban sprawl. Mr. Staley formerly directed the Urban Futures Program at Reason Public Policy Institute. Governing and Planning magazines identified him as one of the leading critics of conventional Smart Growth and a leader in practical, market-oriented alternatives. He has written widely including his most recent book, Smarter Growth: Market-based Strategies for Land-use Planning in the 21st Century.

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"I am amused to see from my window here how busily man has divided and staked off his domain. God must smile at the puny fences running hither and tither everywhere over the land."

— Henry David Thoreau

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