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

By Eben V. Fodor

In case you have had sufficient of unending progress, and wish to take care of it, then greater no longer larger: tips to Take keep an eye on of city progress and enhance Your neighborhood is the source you have been trying to find. Exploding the parable that progress is nice for us, this booklet sincerely and convincingly exhibits how city progress can, in reality, depart our groups completely scarred, and saddled with very excessive charges. vigorous, obtainable, and filled with insights, principles, instruments, and assets, higher now not larger is for either the pro planner and the standard citizen.

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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. The city’s urban growth boundary has been in place for more than 18 years. But housing prices did not start to climb until the local economy picked up in 1989.

But he saw greater profits if he could rezone the land, subdivide the property, and sell off five-, ten-, or 20-acre homesites. The neighbors objected to the rezoning application for many reasons. The development would partially destroy the undeveloped forested setting they had built their homes in. It would also put their water supply at risk, increase traffic, and permanently affect the character of the area. The neighbors filed a formal opposition to the rezoning and defeated it. ” While these statements were completely irrelevant to the rezoning decision, they hit their intended mark.

Local business owners are rarely a match for national firms with sophisticated marketing, volume buying power, and greater financial resources. The small, locally owned businesses are likely to be casualties in the competition growth brings. The bigger local companies, however, are likely to do well at the top of the economic food chain. These larger businesses also tend to dominate the local chamber of commerce’s pro-growth policies. LOCAL GOVERNMENT BECOMES PART MACHINE Pro-growth business interests recognize the important role local government has in the business of land development.

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