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Myths about growth
 
September 05, 2002 
 
There's a new paperback out that is a must read for anyone who is interested in the Eastern Shore's future. It's 153 pages of facts, figures and illustrations that dispel the myths about controlling growth which destroy the economies of our communities. The book is BETTER Not Bigger by Eben Fodor - $15.95 locally. It's a big think tank for planners, politicians and concerned citizens.

"Growth is good, they say, reciting like an incantation the prime article of faith of the official American religion: Bigger is better and best is biggest. Growth, they tell us, means more jobs, more bank accounts, more cars, more people leading in turn to the demand for more jobs, more economic expansion, more industrial development. Where, when and how is this spiraling process supposed to reach a rational end - a state of stability, sanity and equilibrium? "Edward Abbey, "Learning to Listen to the Land."

Or "Many of our local governments are on a growth 'autopilot'. Citizens seeking responsiveness and accountability from their governments find that there doesn't appear to be anyone at the controls. These governments have become part of the growth machine whose primary function is to build roads and infrastructure and to provide development services for an ever-expanding mass of subdivisions, industrial parks and shopping centers."

Sound familiar? Quotes are from BETTER Not Bigger.

EUGENE B. MECHLING Jr.,
Easton 
 
©The Star Democrat 2002  

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