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Debating Smart Growth

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Feb 28, 2012 09:48 AM
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by Todd Litman last modified Feb 27, 2012

Last Thursday I debated the merits of smart growth with ‘Anti-planner’ Randal O'Toole at a  community forum  in Langley, a rapidly-growing suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia. A recording of the Debate and presenters' slide shows are available at . At the end more than three quarters of the audience voted for a pro-smart-growth resolution . This may reflect some selection bias – people concerned about sprawl may have been more likely to attend – but I believe that given accurate information most citizens will support smart growth due to its various savings and benefits .   Smart growth sometimes faces organized opposition by critics. It is important that planners respond effectively and professionally. Here is my critique of O'Toole’s claims and some advice for planners who face similar critics.  read more






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