Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Guest Post: Detroit and Smart Growth

The columnist is out for a few days so a take on some guest blogs is in order.  Enjoy!

Rick Harrison writes at and wrote a recent essay titled "Detroit: A Century On The Smart-Growth Grid."

His piece looks at how principles of smart growth-like planning failed Detroit over the past 100 years.

I hope I won't ruin it for you by alerting you to a most interesting twist  of a report that proves Harrison's points.

He concludes, "The development process of trying to jam each and every unit allowed by a regulation's most minimal dimension in order to achieve the highest possible density pretty much guarantees that the development will fall into the very same traps that the report warned us about."

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