Friday, June 18, 2010

A Victory for "Real" Smart Growth

Readers of this column know I consider so-called Smart Growth to, often, be an oxymoron in practice.  Some proponents favor no new highway capacity and preach "fix it first" as a mantra for highway departments.  That policy would, in my book, translate into stagnated government revenues and stagnated development.  And that's neither smart nor growth.

Thursday's official opening of new highway capacity from New Albany to Granville and another vital link on the Columbus-Pittsburgh Corridor is a victory for "real" smart growth.

New highway capacity along areas where wealth-building industrial development can occur means, in the future, increased revenue for governments.  Development will come to the new 161 extension for the benefit of Ohio and our region.

That's smart.  That's growth.

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