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E-M:/ L. Brooks "enlightened" viewpoint on sprawl

Enviro-Mich message from Andrew Mutch <andrewimutch@yahoo.com>

A featured link on the front of Oakland County's web
site is this 2 cents from L. Brooks Patterson on


If Brooks this all of this growth is so wonderful, how
come the County has been forced to slash and burn its
budget and staff because it can't afford to meet the
demands of services caused by sprawl? Or maybe he can
explain how we are going to pay for the BILLIONS of
dollars in road improvement that the Road Commission
has identified that are required to accomodate
sprawling development?*  You'll note that this is
laughably filed under "Growth and Sustainability".
Well, they got the first part right. Too bad the
County has failed on the second part. 

Andrew Mutch

* "In fact, the Road Commission for Oakland County
(RCOC) recently estimated that it would cost $1.6
billion to address the needs just on county roads over
the next 10 years (that doesn't count the needs on
state highways and city and village streets in the

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