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Re: SG-W:/ Upcoming Growing Smart Lunch

For a flavor of Mr. Staley's perspective, sample this:


"The states in green have enacted farm and farmland preservation task
forces. You need to think about these policies as a back-door sprawl
containment. These initiatives are not really about preserving farmland.
(If there are farm bureau folks in here I am sorry, but this is my take on
it.) The bottom line is that these task forces are designed to stop
suburbanization, to stop the conversion of land from farms into houses and
other sorts of modern crops if you will. For example, a farm bureau
representative in Michigan asked a local farmer what his most productive
crop was: the farmer said "houses." The farm bureau representative was not
very happy about that. "

Andrew Mutch

On Wed, 17 Oct 2001, Jeff Surfus wrote:

> To all,
> If you are considering attending this meeting, keep this in mind.  Dr. Staley is from the Reason Public Policy Institute, which is a conservative, libertarian-oriented think tank.  His message will be predictable--the more development we have, the more money comes in.  Perhaps some should go to ask him some direct questions about the impact of develoment on infrastructure, schools, etc.
> Jeff Surfus
>   ----- Original Message ----- 
>   From: Jeff Fisher 
>   To: smartgrowth-washtenaw@great-lakes.net 
>   Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2001 8:58 AM
>   Subject: SG-W:/ Upcoming Growing Smart Lunch
>   The Washtenaw Smart Growth Initiative is pleased to announce the next Growing Smart Lunch.
>   The lunch "Economic Impact of Residential Development" will feature national expert on housing economics Dr. Sam Staley from the Reason Public Policy Insitute.  He will discuss the issue of whether residential development pays for itself.
>   The lunch is scheduled for October 23rd at 11:30 a.m. at Weber's Inn.  The lunch is being sponsored by Atwell Hicks.
>   To reserve a spot respond to this email, call Jeff Fisher at 734/996-0100; or fax the folllowing information to 734/996-1008.
>   See you on October 23rd.
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