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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Brookings' Leinberger says metro Atlanta needs to 'go back to its roots'

Christopher Leinberger, a land-use guru and one of the Brookings Institute's leading smart-growth champions, took a look at metro Atlanta's cheap home prices, gridlock, and woeful economy. He says the metro region needs to "go back to its [railroad] roots" if it wants to regain its footing as a vibrant, powerful region.

More specifically: approve the 1-cent transportation sales tax this July which could pay for rail investments and help build walkable neighborhoods.

There's no doubt Leinberger's critique has some metro leaders feeling a bit peeved this afternoon. Hell, if it would've appeared in the Wall Street Journal we probably would've seen some press releases denouncing Leinberger by now.

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