12 May 2008

Politicians Won't Tackle Sprawl

Editorial in the Cleveland Free Times:
... no candidate running this year is going to upset or even challenge the suburban sprawl industry.

... a bipartisan commitment to avoiding any talk about reining in the immense power of the real-estate industry.

... long-avoided discussions America ought to have on race, on climate change, on imported energy, on highway construction and on agriculture will all continue to lack a certain element of reality.

... Obama is the only candidate who is speaking about Urban America. But he is speaking within the bounds of the 1960s paradigm about cities. His talk is all about the poverty of the deserted minorities of central cities, and not about the huge countervailing incentives ...

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