We need to re-examine these growth projections. These projections (self fulfilling prophesies) are being made by urban planners and government agencies with a vested interest in growth. Their jobs are funded by increased taxes and fees on new developements. They push subsidizies for growth with "urban renewal" and other scemes. They allow or encourage growth knowing that it decreases quaility of life and creates the need for new taxes to fund the increased demand on roads, sewers, schools, etc...
It's not just the planners though....Too much of our economy is based on growth for growth sake. Builders, realators, lenders, architects, planners, and construction workers are all dependent on unennding growth "smart", sprawl, or whatever.
Luckilly, all this unchecked and unsustainable growth has finally slowed. The worst, most speculative actors are going bankrupt or are moving on to other scemes. Now is the time to reorganize our economy on a more sustainable basis. We need to abandon growth for growth's sake. We need to ask ourselves how big is big enough.
We need to employ construction workers rebuilding crumbling infrastructure (Selwood bridge for example) before we build more souless sprawl or souless and overpriced condo towers. We need to spend money on health care and education, not subsidies for condo builders, flashy streetcars, and sports franchises.
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