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

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

By Eben V. Fodor

In case you have had adequate of unending development, and wish to cope with it, then greater no longer larger: how one can Take regulate of city progress and increase Your neighborhood is the source you have been looking for. Exploding the parable that progress is nice for us, this booklet sincerely and convincingly exhibits how city development can, actually, go away our groups completely scarred, and saddled with very excessive expenditures. energetic, available, and full of insights, rules, instruments, and assets, greater now not higher is for either the pro planner and the normal citizen.

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Unlike most citizens, the PA Meet The Urban Growth Machine 37 can devote full time to public interest representation. The PA might be an attorney or professional planner who can bring a high level of expertise before the local council or planning commission. The PA can file testimony and present witnesses and other experts to develop a more complete record for a case. The PA can also serve as an information resource for citizens concerned about a development proposal. Additional tools required to control the growth machine can be found in the following chapters of this book.

The business of crafting a sustainable economy that does not place increasing burdens on the natural environment will be a challenge for the future. Chapter 7 looks at the prospects for sustainable communities and economies. Figure 3-3 Gross Domestic Product Compared with Genuine Progress Indicator20 Reprinted with permission. Copyright 1995, Redefining Progress. 54 BETTER NOT BIGGER FEAR OF DYING IN EUGENE, OREGON Myth 10: Vacant or undeveloped land is just going to waste. Reality Check: Open space and farmland are valuable and irreplaceable assets that contribute significantly to every community.

For example, land prices are rising faster in many cities without growth boundaries than they are in Portland. 11 Both the supply and demand for housing affect price. In most cases, it is rapid growth pressures that drive up prices. These growth pressures are usually the result of an expanding economy that is creating jobs and attracting new residents. Portland’s higher housing prices are primarily a reflection of a sharp increase in the demand to live there. Portland has always been a desirable place to live with an attractive natural environment but, until recently, there have been few jobs for 46 BETTER NOT BIGGER newcomers and existing residents had to settle for less-thanaverage salaries.

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