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Better NOT Bigger: How to Take Control of Urban Growth and Improve your Community
In Better NOT Bigger, Fodor explodes the fundamental myth that growth is good for us and that more development will bring in more tax money, add jobs, lower housing costs, and reduce property taxes. Provides insights, ideas, and tools to empower citizens to switch off their local "growth machine" by debunking the pro-growth rhetoric.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 23rd 2007 by New Catalyst Books
(first published November 1st 1998)
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The author should have gone back to being a physicists. There was a lot of dribble with no sources to back up claims. For example, Fodor talked about ecological land is beneficial but how? Not explained. How did he come up with the quantity of ecological land needed for each person's consumption? Not explained. How can India support a large population with relatively little use of land? Not explained. Any comments given for supporting more land regulation is simply: feelings of "ugly" land use ( ...more
This is one of the most absurd theories I've read in some time. Basically isolationist, as presented this concept of stopping growth completely ignores the population surge that the world has been experiencing for well over a century. Sure, this is likely targeted at a few Oregon communities but this has little value to the rest of the world. I would ask the author to visit some of the communities that have indeed stopped growth - Detroit and East St. Louis for instance - to see how beneficial a ...more