Restrictions on Urban Growth

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Rise of the Anti-Growth Movement

Sudden Surge of Strong Opposition to Growth

Growth, like progress, has traditionally been a symbol of all that is right and good in America—the natural and welcome result of expanding population, advancing industry, booming construction, rising technology and a soaring economy. Bigger has always been better. The nation's rapid growth in the 20th century has been in metropolitan areas, where nearly 70 per cent of the people live, according to the 1970 census. But today there's trouble in growth country.

Urban growth is under attack by those who believe it is deteriorating the quality of life. They have formed what has come to be known as the “no-growth,” “zero growth” or “anti-growth” movement in America, although its members generally prefer the terms ...

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