While certification is voluntary, the dominant role of LEED as a rating system for “sustainable” practices in construction could push Georgia’s forestry industry into a corner.
Atlanta – Did you know that Georgia had the nation’s fourth-highest foreclosure rate in 2012? There were 105,610 foreclosure filings last year, or one for every 39 homes. Who’s to blame? Greedy bankers? Corrupt politicians? Ignorant homeowners? Find out fromaaa
Few Georgia voters are even aware of Amendment No. 2 on the Nov. 6 ballot, which would allow the state to enter multi-year property lease agreements.
The new Georgia Land Bank Act expands local governments’ abilities to create a land bank, an organization with sweeping authority to acquire and dispose of vacant, abandoned or delinquent properties. But communities that race to embrace this unfortunate move will see it come back to haunt, not help, them.
Jefferson G. Edgens Governor Barnes should be commended for his proposal to protect 20 percent of open space. Not only is this a good idea, but it stresses two important points: local governments decide what areas to protect, and theaaa
The Lone Mountain Compact’s “Principles for Livable Cities,” to which the Georgia Public Policy Foundation is a signatory, form the basis of land use principles: Absent a material threat to other individuals or the community, people should be allowed toaaa
By Randal O’Toole California is a garden of Eden, A paradise to live in or see; But believe it or not, you won’t find it so hot If you ain’t got the do re mi. – Woody Guthrie California’s scenicaaa
By Kathleen Calongne Across the nation and in Atlanta, policy-makers are preparing to spend billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money building rail transit. The problem they face now is how to get people onto trains when most people live milesaaa
By Randal O’Toole Planners rarely say, even among themselves, that one goal of growth-management planning is to drive up housing prices in order to discourage people from living on large lots. One rare exception recently took place in Portland,aaa
The Planning Penalty: How Smart Growth Makes Housing Unaffordable by Randal O’Toole American Dream Coalition March 2006 Smart growth and other forms of growth-management planning create artificial housing shortages that impose significant burdens on low-income families and first- time homebuyers.aaa