I often post about the totalitarian state, and then am often surprised when, in following link to link to link, I find myself in a decidedly right wing place. Liberals are woefully naive, right wingers are, well, you know. Fucking right wingers.
I recognized much of what Rosa Koire, author of Behind the Green Mask, discussed on C2C going on in my own town. Not too long ago, I noticed items here and there in the local papers about urban planning for the future. Since we talk about moving to the country often, we keep in mind the location. We don't want to find ourselves in a situation where, in ten years or so urban sprawl has come to our doorstep. The growth of this area (Eugene) is considered a good thing. We have an "exclusion law" which I am surprised is allowed to continue, but that law keeps those authority deems undesirable from going "downtown" such as it is. Which includes the library.
Another issue: the Emx bus. A bus twice the length of a regular bus with special lanes and it will go to Walmart. It won't go the airport, or further out 126 towards more rural areas. It will cause huge hassles for business owners and traffic as they rip up the heavily traveled streets to build the lanes for the buses. All in the name of supporting "growth."
I am suspect of those who deny global warming, and use the excuse that laws to protect the environment are a ruse. Ignorant and greedy repugs say those things to absolve us of responsibility. But there is the other side, as Koire says, and it's good to beware.
It's not that there's anything wrong with "mixed use" developments on its own. It's actually a good idea. The problem is the aftermath of such developments, and the real agendas behind such ideas. It's what's being done with the money and to our towns that is the issue.
...the property taxes in that area can be diverted away from the General Fund. This constriction of available funds is impoverishing the cities, forcing them to offer less and less services, and reducing your standard of living. They'll be telling you that it's better, however, since they've put in nice street lights and colored paving. The money gets redirected into the Redevelopment Agency and handed out to favored developers building low income housing and mixed use. Smart Growth. Cities have had thousands of condos built in the redevelopment areas and are telling you that you are terrible for wanting your own yard, for wanting privacy, for not wanting to be dictated to by a Condo Homeowner's Association Board, for being anti-social, for not going along to get along, for not moving into a cramped apartment downtown where they can use your property taxes for paying off that huge bond debt. But it's not working, and you don't want to move in there. So they have to make you. Read on.Once you realize this, you see how seemingly unrelated events are absolutely part of this Agenda. How many news items have we seen of individuals cited or arrested for growing gardens, having raised beds in their front yards, for example? The FBI recently updated it's list of suspicious things domestic terrorists do: among the suspicious activities, participating in a community garden.
Human habitation, as it is referred to now, is restricted to lands within the Urban Growth Boundaries of the city. Only certain building designs are permitted. Rural property is more and more restricted in what uses can be on it. Although counties say that they support agricultural uses, eating locally produced food, farmer's markets, etc, in fact there are so many regulations restricting water and land use (there are scenic corridors, inland rural corridors, baylands corridors, area plans, specific plans, redevelopment plans, huge fees, fines) that farmers are losing their lands altogether.