Sprawl

Builders to City: Keep Subsidizing House Construction

By RTH Staff
Published June 04, 2009

Of course, they aren't wording it that way, but 300 local home builders want the city to hold off on a $7,000 increase in development charges that will help to cover the gap between what developers pay and what that new development actually costs the city to process and service.

The real problem here is not a greedy city government or even that recently popular scapegoat the global economic crisis: it's that sprawl is a false economy, the continued subsidies for which are draining the real vitality out of our city and stymieing our ostensible plans to clean up and revitalize all the unused and under-used land already inside our built area.

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By arienc (registered) | Posted June 04, 2009 at 16:11:09

What's new...we're subsidizing car construction, we're subsidizing sprawl construction, and everyone complains when we try to put in a simple little bike lane.

I fully expect our governments to bankrupt themselves maintaining a lifestyle that has no future. Totally depressing. We need a revolution.

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By jason (registered) | Posted June 05, 2009 at 09:13:02

capitalist, ASmith, anyone....

please explain to me who is paying the massive infrastructure costs for these new developments now that council has decided not to force those building/buying/using them to.

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By nobrainer (registered) | Posted June 05, 2009 at 09:22:23

^Arrgh, don't encourage them. :P

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By nobrainer (registered) | Posted June 05, 2009 at 13:31:08

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By jason (registered) | Posted June 09, 2009 at 11:01:35

silence is golden......

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