In the early 90’s, many cities ushered in strict recycling goals, only to repeal them later because they were unreachable.  Now, it looks like another nice-sounding but impractical environmental policy — that of so-called “smart growth” — is also  starting to hit the skids.  According to Kenneth Orski writing in Eco-logic, citizens from Virginia and New Jersey to Colorado and, yes, even California are mounting legal challenges against these anti-sprawl measures that are increasingly being seen as exclusionary and elitist.  And the reason?  Because smart growth’s primary consequence has been to raise suburban housing prices, maximize developer profits, and deprive low income households an opportunity to pursue the American dream of home ownership.

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