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What is smart growth?

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October 15, 2007 2:17AM

So-called "smart growth" is designed, through careful planning

and restrictions, to prevent (or at least retard) urban sprawl.

When cities and suburbs chew up open lands indiscriminately, they

create inefficient models which have much higher rates of pollution

and energy and water usage than carefully planned sites. A new

subdivision creates demand for new roads, which open up new and

more remote lands to development, which starts the cycle over

again. All the time, new lawns use ever more water and chemical

fertilizers and pesticides, displacing native plants which don't

need constant watering. Smart Growth works to limit the damage.


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