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Online responses to Metropolis

Online responses to John Sugg's Metropolis column, "Yes! No growth: New residents are costing each of us 60 cents a day -- it's time to say, 'Stop!'"  

Easier said than done: "growth beyond only a slight increase in our current population."

Hmmm.. and who gets to decide who the lucky few are that get to be born or move here? Are you going to be in charge of choosing who gets the mandatory abortion and who gets to have a baby? Are you going to be the one who sits armed at the city border with the state patrol deciding who gets in and who gets shot for attempting to move here?

While there are things that can be done to discourage growth that comes at the expense of those who already live here, pulling up the drawbridge and putting up the "Go Away" sign isn't it.

Seriously, if you think it is getting too crowded around here, put your money where your mouth is and move away. Your empty housing unit will accommodate someone moving here, resulting in one less new housing unit being built along with all of its required infrastructure.

-- Juan

Practical ways to limit growth: Florida hasn't stopped growth, but it has the means to radically slow or, if there is a will, effectively stop growth. Although Jeb, a developer, did much to undermine what Florida calls "concurrency," that's the essential tool. The theory is that any new development must be "concurrent" with infrastructure -- everything from schools to roads to water to police and fire services. Developers have the option to pay for the infrastructure their projects would require -- rather than passing the bill off to existing residents, which is what we do here. Zoning and state policies that discourage growth, coupled with taxation that forces developers and new residents to pay their fair cost are the solutions; you don't need troopers at the border turning people away. And, of course, there is nothing logical about saying "move if you don't like it." That implies that those who are destroying what's good about Georgia have a greater right to do that than the right of the vast majority of citizens to preserve and better what we have.

-- John Sugg

Someone needs to do something: Or the middle class will all be sitting in 2.5 hours of traffic each way on our way to our houses in TN everyday. I have friends that commute 40 miles each way from Cherokee county to midtown every day. These are normal, college educated people in their 30s with normal jobs, not the elitist upper crust (or whoever it is that moves here at age 27 and can afford to buy a 500K house in Virginia Highland.)

Encouraging people to move intown is great, but as long as the choices are living in dangerous transitional areas or out of reach neighborhoods featuring super expensive houses and condos, then almost everyone is eventually going to have to move out OTP and commute.

-- D

False Dichotomy: "Encouraging people to move intown is great, but as long as the choices are living in dangerous transitional areas or out of reach neighborhoods featuring super expensive houses and condos."

This is a false dichotomy if I've ever seen one. There is plenty of affordable, "non-transitional" housing in the city proper. Sure, it's not suburban mcmansions, but it's housing that suitably housed middle-class families for a half a century. People driving 40 miles each way are making lifestyle choices, plain and simple.

-- J

Yes! No growth: How do you suppose that is going to happen? How is access to be denied? What will it be based on? Putting a limit on where people can live sounds like a recipe for exclusion based on race.

-- Yonnie

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