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Now, you may believe that US local political systems are immune to the interests of property developers,

This couldn't be further from the truth! I've seen the process at work too many times. Property developers exploit local level politicians because remember they're the only ones involved in development. There is no national level involvement, states at best set some policy as in pro-growth or anti-growth. All of the real decisions on development are made locally. Rural states and localities are almost universally pro-growth because of the potential growth in tax revenues and political influence. Property owners know this, the local politicians know this. The temptations are huge, despite known longer term impacts of sprawl. That states have to look at buying land to take it out of commission to limit development is an illustration of just how screwed up the process is.

by Jace on Fri Jun 3rd, 2011 at 07:54:14 AM EST
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