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Land Use Regulations Hike the Cost of Housing

Cities with lower levels of traditional land-use regulation remain relatively affordable.

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Top 10 Global Warming Lies

An extensively footnoted response addresses 10 “alarmist assertions” made by the Environmental Defense Fund.

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Historic Districts and their Effects on Land Use

Zoning policies send a distorted market signal

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Sagebrush Rebellion Redivivus:

The Obama administration has picked up where the Carter and Clinton administrations left off, adopting the no-use policies promoted by environmental groups who view all federal lands as off limits to productive human activity.

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Forestry Certification Bias Truncates Market Opportunities

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.

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In Lean Times, Road Diets Leave Slim Pickings for Commuters

It’s a nip here and a tuck there, but the insidious “livability” approach to transportation should worry commuters, given that metro Atlanta drivers are clamoring for congestion relief, not streetscapes, art or roadway reductions

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Register Now for “American Dream, American Nightmare,” Foundation’s Feb. 19 Event

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

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State Property Leases Could Get a New Lease on Life

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.

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Banking on Land Banks is Banking on Trouble

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.

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Land Protection Through Private Alternatives

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

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