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  •  When I was 14 years old (18+ / 0-)

    I organized my classmates to save a park near our school in Houston, Texas. We had just moved there from the country in New England and open spaces were important to me. I figured city kids should have them too. We got on the City Council agenda, and I spoke in favor of the city saving the park from private development. The Council was so nonplussed by this that they voted right there to save to the park.

    If I did this today, they'd call me a Communist, or worse.

    What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

    by commonmass on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 04:47:45 AM PST

    •  Early success is intoxicating. (15+ / 0-)

      I saved a whole prairie from development by insisting that a new city manager go see with his own eyes what he was proposing to sell to developers because the city, which had acquired the acreage for a dump, didn't need it, after all.  Never mind that a prairie full of hundred year old oak trees, sitting over an acquifer, wasn't suitable for a dump in the first place.
      Letting municipalities acquire land cheap is a good holding category for later development.  It relieves landowners of liabilities and taxes, even as it elevates the value of now more scarce adjacent developable lands. To a large extent, that's the racket being employed by the Nature Conservancy and various Conservation Trusts. What they're preserving and enhancing are land values.

      We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 04:57:56 AM PST

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