2 million acres gone by 2027!? … This post at BlueNC laments the development of Wake County and other urban areas in North Carolina. They want open spaces and other natural areas protected from developers:
Environment North Carolina just released a report showing that the Triangle will lose 37% of its natural areas, the Charlotte area will lose 30% of its natural areas by 2027 unless legislative action is taken. Developed area is increasing faster that the increase in population.
Before shedding any crocodile tears for the endangered Wake County Possumrat, let’s consider, just for a moment, the poor people in an area so-called progressives claim to care about. When you slow development through legislative fiat, you make housing less affordable for everyone — especially the poor. That is, you create an artificial scarcity which drives up property values for those lucky enough to live there already. So basically you create a subsidy for the rich! Doesn’t sound very progressive to me. But then again, those on the left have never been particularly adept at considering unintended consequences of their reckless demands. Oh–and if you slow development in one county, neighboring counties grow. That’s called sprawl. So you want to protect urban wilderness, but create more rural sprawl? (So much for smart growth.) Or do you simply want to arrest the economic growth and development that’s propping up all your social programs? I’m not sure progressives can answer these tough questions.