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- Publication Date: October 17, 2012
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Bob dissects the history of land use planning and demonstrates that the current lust for high density development is driven more for the love of profits than it is about the environment, economic development or social equity.
In Marin, major uncontrolled growth has been thwarted for decades. People in Marin value nature, open space over urban amenities. Now with the assistance of business and political interests, a comprehensive campaign of building high density housing has begun in formerly quiet communities under vague environmental premise.
The housing advocates use inflated statistics, questionable science and slick manipulative techniques to dupe the public into buying their arguments.
Silvestri provides a thoughtful presentation of facts, uncovers the illogical arguments, the questionable land use practices and political gamesmanship. It provides you the intellectual tools for defeating Smart Growth policies your town. A Must Read. Highly Recommended!
"It's a road we cannot afford to go down. Over-reaching top-down social engineering has failed us in the past and it will fail us again. Its approach is economically destabilizing and financially irresponsible because it contradicts the laws of supply and demand, free markets, and the way communities naturally grow and thrive. And it's ultimately environmentally destructive. And for what?"
In small insulated cities like mine, residents tend to focus on the local community and issues that directly affect our quality of life. Most of us don't pay that much attention to what is happening at the state level, making us vulnerable to frog-in-pot syndrome. But under the guise of an environmental mandate, special interests in Sacramento have been concocting a plan to wrest decision-making authority from cities. Silvestri documents the process, showing how state legislation has been aligned with the economic interests of a small but rich and powerful subgroup. He also provides a history of similar housing efforts over the past couple of centuries and describes the ideological and practical flaws.
It is often easy to criticize government, but focusing on criticism can be counterproductive. Silvestri avoids that trap by outlining his proposal for a future that relies more on self-sufficiency than on centrally-imposed housing reforms. He takes a forward-thinking perspective, one that moves beyond the 20th century dependence on fossil fuels. "Transit-oriented development" becomes a meaningless concept when you realize that the era of pollution-emitting vehicles may soon be behind us. Too, Silvestri points out the fallacy of assuming that high-density housing is environmentally friendly. Manhattanites may walk and take public transit more than most Californians do, but sustaining that lifestyle requires that an inordinate amount of resources be diverted to support a relatively small urban area.
"Over-reaching top-down social engineering has failed us in the past and it will fail us again." Having spent my college years studying the glory years of the USSR, I tend to agree. If you live in California or in any state/country that has succumbed to this planning folly, I recommend this book.
This book is relevant for more than just Marin County, CA. Other counties face the same issues -- Westchester NY and Irvine, CA come to mind. This history of land use planning demonstrates that the current lust for high density development is driven more for the love of profits than it is about the environment, economic development or social equity.