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Re: SG-W:/ Taubmans and all the others.



David asks why developers have the power.  The answer, in my opinion, is
Time and Money.  They have the time (theirs and their staff's) to get and
stay involved in local planning and zoning and to dominate local government.
They have the money to influence others, to equate greenfield development
and jobs in the minds of the public, and to influence politicians.  And, the
prospect of big profits in the short term motivates them to invest time in
influence local government.

Meanwhile, most citizens are uninvolved and apathetic.  We need to get
involved in local, regional, and state government, in politics, and in
organizations fighting the good fight.  And we need to get others to get
involved, too.




-----Original Message-----
From: Massage4@aol.com <Massage4@aol.com>
To: smartgrowth-washtenaw@great-lakes.net
<smartgrowth-washtenaw@great-lakes.net>
Date: Wednesday, August 25, 1999 10:44 PM
Subject: SG-W:/ Taubmans and all the others.


>It's unbelievable that we may have another disgusting megamall that might
be
>built by Republican Party donor, Mr. Taubman.  I once disrupted then
Senator
>Dole's speech at the Plaza Hotel in Southfield.  Among the attendees at
this
>Michigan State Republican Party fundraiser were Mr. Taubman and other
>Michigan fat cats.  If people like the Taubmans, Monahans and the De Vos'
>have their way you can be sure that all of Washtenaw County will be
converted
>into one flat stripmall, one after the other, with plenty of conservative
>developer politics to boot.  Why are we giving these people the power to
>destroy the natural features, the rural land and ultimately ourselves?
>
>David Rosenberg
>
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