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  •  gulfgal98, you wrote.... (22+ / 0-)
    On a personal note, as a retired land use planner who worked over 30 years in the public sector, I cannot begin to tell you how many times I and my fellow planners butted heads with the elected officials over growth.  Many elected officials feel that in order for a community to continue the flow of tax dollars, they must continue to grow.  In the minds of the decision makers, growth = economic development.
    I too question this mindset. I live in a city in Ontario OBSESSED with growth. And yet the city can barely keep up with the maintenance of what they already have.

    We have homes in one area that if it rains hard basements flood with sewage...We have 100 year old water pipes that are always breaking down. We have roads that may as well be gravel.

    And yet the City Counsel is constantly wanting to do things like build new statiums, yet we have a lot of people on waiting lists for affordable housing...those wait lists are anywere from 5 - 10 YEARS....

    It's nuts... Let's take care of what we already have rather than add more and more to our plate.

     

    "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell." ~ Edward Abby

    by SaraBeth on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 12:05:09 PM PDT

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