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  • Subject: [cg] smart growth policies
  • From: "a.h.steely" gfcp@mindspring.com
  • Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2003 08:19:17 -0400

Report from Penna. on smart growth or sustainable development:
Again a good idea gets side tracked when lesser educated twp. and borough
elected officials implement a policy.  The smart growth was pushed as
sustainable growth and irritated some local rural land owners and small
business people who do not want to be told how to develop their property.
For over 20 years the League of Women Voters was pushing regionalization and
sustainable development.  Reactionary persons with a high school or less
education have been told that it is a "liberal" conspiracy to take away
their constitutional rights.  These people do not realize that zoning
ordinances must come within a comprehensive state framework and fear
cooperating with other municipal entities!!!

It makes me realize how important public education is for the implementation
of great ideas.  Yes, teach your propaganda in the civics classes!!  One of
the small town elected officials I know just had a downsizing of income so
for entertainment is forced to watch things like PBS because the family can
not attend nutcase rallies.  The visual presentation of the problems of the
environment and educational shows are changing the "rightwing" elected
official's thinking!

Keep up the education for smart growth,
Helen Steely
Hbg., Pa.

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