Smart growth, the innovative government policy to arrest suburban sprawl, “has not made a dent on Maryland’s war on sprawl.”
According to this story by Lisa Rein in The Washington Post today, “three-quarters of the lots consumed by single-family homes in the past decade rose on pastures and woods outside smart-growth areas designated by local governments, about the same number as before the law passed.”
"There is no evidence after ten years that [smart-growth laws] have had any effect on development patterns," concludes the study, which appears in the current issue of the Journal of the American Planning Association.”
While this is yet another argument in favor of supporting General Growths plans for the redevelopment of Columbia Town Center it makes a tougher sell for the development plans at Doughoregan Manor.
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