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Old 12-18-2012, 04:21 PM
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Because this deserved to stand on it's own two feet:

Originally Posted by Katiana View Post
I stumbled across this article recently. I found it thought-provoking and thought it would fit in this topic. It's not about religion, except for the "Church of Urban Planning" religion.

Separation of Church and Urban Planning | Newgeography.com

Recently, the Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA) published research that directly challenged prevailing views in urban planning. In an article entitled Growing Cities Sustainably, Marcial H. Echenique, and Anthony J. Hargreaves from Cambridge University, Gordon Mitchell (University of Leeds) and Anil Namdeo (University of Newcastle) found that compact development (smart growth) had only a marginal impact on sustainable development and should not "automatically be associated with the preferred spatial growth strategy" (See Questioning The Messianic Conception of Smart Growth). This was particularly unsettling to the powers-that-be in urban planning, who have struggled for years predating the current greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reduction concerns to make anything but smart growth virtually illegal.
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