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  • Ronald Dawson
    This was written by Paul Weyrich, who also runs http://www.trolleycar.org . Dawson Smart Growth Deprives Property Owners of Rights by Paul M. Weyrich From
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      This was written by Paul Weyrich, who also runs http://www.trolleycar.org .
      Dawson

      "Smart Growth" Deprives Property Owners of Rights
      by Paul M. Weyrich

      From the "Endangered Liberties" Television Program

      While most observers are fixated on the big picture in Washington and how
      our liberties will be impacted by the final outcome of the Presidential
      election, there are things going on at the local level which in the long run
      may be just as important to what kind of nation we are.

      There is a so-called "smart growth" movement which has been sweeping the
      nation. It is just an updated version of land use proposals which have been
      kicking around for decades. But instead of framing opposition to growth in
      the negative, the new socialists have learned from their mistakes. They now
      frame their opposition to growth in positive terms, as if they were really
      in favor of growth, it should just be done the right way.

      But peel away "smart growth" proposals at the local level and you have the
      same draconian restrictive measures which were contained in the old land use
      measures which were discredited and defeated decades ago.

      Supposedly "smart growth" avoids the kind of congestion which is now
      clogging our major metropolitan areas. That sounds like a good idea. But in
      the end "smart growth" is a new way of depriving property owners of their
      rights. When the owners of the property can't use the property in any way
      except for that which the government dictates, then the property has been
      devalued, only the owners have not been compensated in any way.

      It is a new way that socialists have found to expropriate property without
      actually seizing it outright. The "smart growth" approach is much more
      clever and sophisticated and the reaction is far more muted than when there
      is a direct run at property itself.

      The fact is that major metropolitan areas can have actual "smart growth"
      without any of the draconian measures that have come to be associated with
      that term. Cities are finding that by adopting fixed guideway transit lines,
      most notably light rail routes, new development follows around the stations.
      In some cases this new development is in the billions of dollars. The
      development ranges from office buildings to retail shopping centers to
      condos and apartment complexes to single family developments. People want to
      live work and shop around the rail lines that can take them to and from
      downtown or to and from the suburbs in sleek, fast, dependable quiet trains.
      And all of this is done without any kind of loss of property rights. On the
      contrary. Property values are greatly enhanced by these rail lines. Still
      growth is controlled in an orderly fashion. Communities can get a handle on
      it. It is no longer out of control. So while some of these fixed guideway
      transit lines may be relatively expensive, they pay big dividends to the
      cities in the long run. Moreover, they provide for orderly growth without
      taking away any of the freedoms which the "smart growth" people advocate.

      You would think that "smart growth" advocates would be big boosters of mass
      transit. It turns out that in many cases they are the biggest enemies of
      transit for precisely the reason that the real objective of "smart growth"
      is the restriction of freedom and good urban transit actually expands
      freedom.

      It is a complex subject which deserves further exploration but suffice it to
      say that it is possible to have decent planning in urban communities with
      good transportation while enhancing property values through good fixed
      guideway transit systems. So-called "Smart growth" that doesn't contemplate
      going that route is just another way to take away freedom and in the end
      destroy property values and diminish people's rights, all in the name of
      building a better community. It behooves residents of urban areas to pay
      close attention to what is going on at the local level these days. Look at
      what not voting and not paying attention has brought us nationally. Well,
      I'm here to tell you if you don't pay attention to your own backyard, you
      may wake up one of these days to find out your whole life has been changed
      and you won't know what has happened to you or why. Sorry about that. But
      the days of non-involvement at any level are over if you want to preserve
      your freedoms in this land.

      Paul Weyrich is president of the Free Congress Foundation.

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    • unno@uswestmail.net
      On Tue, 28 November 2000, Ronald Dawson wrote: ... smart growth is a new way of depriving property owners of their rights.... Mr. Dawson, If you re in favor
      Message 2 of 3 , Nov 28, 2000
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        On Tue, 28 November 2000, "Ronald Dawson" wrote:

        ..."smart growth" is a new way of depriving property owners of their rights....

        Mr. Dawson,

        If you're in favor of individual property rights, (and at all religious), I hope you join me in "prayer" that Mr. Gore does NOT succeed in hid bid to steal the Presidency...

        Ronald Greek
        Yuma, AZ


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      • Ronald Dawson
        ... rights.... ... steal the Presidency... Well I m some what religious, but I am Canadian. So my take on US politics doesn t count that much. Dawson
        Message 3 of 3 , Nov 28, 2000
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          Ronald Greek wrote:
          >..."smart growth" is a new way of depriving property owners of their
          rights....
          >
          >Mr. Dawson,
          >
          >If you're in favor of individual property rights, (and at all religious), I
          >hope you join me in "prayer" that Mr. Gore does NOT succeed in hid bid to
          steal >the Presidency...

          Well I'm some what religious, but I am Canadian. So my take on US politics
          doesn't count that much. Dawson
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