Recognize the Elitist Nature of “Anti- Sprawl” Measures

Recognize the Elitist Nature of “Anti- Sprawl” Measures

January 23, 2009

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For the greater part of the last century, many people have sought the American Dream by raising their families in suburbs. But today, anti-sprawl activists blame the suburbs for a host of environmental and social ills, and push initiatives to limit housing growth to high-density patterns. Such initiatives often end up raising housing prices while exacerbating the very problems they claim to fix, such as traffic and pollution. Their main effect is to make suburban living accessible only to the well-to-do.