If Teh Plan is to have everyone — everyone — living in 800sf apartments over “small businesses” in a “walkable neighborhood” near a “smart train,” you could either have ‘em all move to Brooklyn, or…
With suburban voters set to be the swing constituency of the 2012 election, the administration’s plans for this segment of the electorate deserve scrutiny.
…Obama is a longtime supporter of “regionalism,” the idea that the suburbs should be folded into the cities, merging schools, housing, transportation, and above all taxation.
…The goal: income equalization via a massive redistribution of suburban tax money to the cities.
..Obama’s plans to undercut the political and economic independence of America’s suburbs reach back decades. The community organizers who trained him in the mid-1980s blamed the plight of cities on taxpayer “flight” to suburbia.
Hm… “Two Americas” reverb ….
Yep. You selfish bassturds who worked your arses off and left the decaying, crime-ridden inner cities for the sub-bucolic joys of the ‘burbs… *shakes head* Do you not realize what you have done to your urban brothers?!?
One of Obama’s original trainers, Mike Kruglik, has [pulled an "ACORN" and*] hived off a new organization called Building One America, which continues Gamaliel’s anti-suburban crusade under another name.
[Kurtz quote from a raadio interview -- cited for the beauty of the phrase.
One approach is to force suburban residents into densely packed cities by blocking development on the outskirts of metropolitan areas [aka "infill" check], and by discouraging driving with a blizzard of taxes, fees, and regulations [check]. Step two is to move the poor out of cities by imposing low-income-housing quotas on development [check] in middle-class suburbs. Step three is to export the controversial “regional tax-base sharing” scheme currently in place in the Minneapolis–St. Paul area to the rest of the country.
Which of these Planning Mechanisms are in effect in your area?
The centerpiece of the Obama administration’s anti-suburban plans is a little-known and seemingly modest program called the Sustainable Communities Initiative. The “regional planning grants” funded under this initiative — many of them in battleground states like Florida, Virginia, and Ohio — are set to recommend redistributive policies, as well as transportation and development plans, designed to undercut America’s suburbs. Few have noticed this because the program’s goals are muffled in the impenetrable jargon of “sustainability,” while its recommendations are to be unveiled only in a possible second Obama term.
Obama’s former community-organizing mentors and colleagues want the administration to condition future federal aid on state adherence to the recommendations served up by these anti-suburban planning commissions. That would quickly turn an apparently modest set of regional-planning grants into a lever for sweeping social change.
It works because the density of people in the inner urban areas is, obviously, higher than in the ‘burbs. We ruralites – *pfaff* – done for. In a demoooocracy the Power lies with the Mob That Wants — not with reason [ie what will work] or ideology [aka Values or The Law].
And the urban and “inner ring”
representatives politicians want that Big Tax Payoff from those Eeeevil Rich People in ‘burbs like the Philly Main Line, Indian Village [Detroit], Oak Park, Hyde Park, etc. [Chicago], Palo Alto [S.F.] etc. But this will also kill nice little ‘burbs like regular people live in.
The other problem with the ‘burbs? People who have a little plot of land are able to be more self-sufficient than those with nothing but window boxes. [If there is a water table somewhat close to the surface...] Therefore they’re less manageable — less governable. We ruralite wild things — *pfaff* — done for.
Here are some of the catch phrases you might hear in connection with this effort:
“sustainability” … taxpayer “flight” to suburbia … “anti-sprawl” movement … social reform … social progress … regional tax-base … regional tax-base shaaaaring … “climate change” … “Smart growth” … transit-friendly … walkable … bike-friendly …cocmplete streets … mixed-use development … sense of commuuuunity … distribute the costs and benefits of development … preserve and enhance natural and cultural resources … promote public health … a unique sense of place [odd since all these "mixed-use" developments look alike] … New Urbanism … Form-Based Coding … reducing carbon emission ….
The only way *I* can think of to fight this is to become very very familiar with your local Planning Commissioners. Go to the meetings regularly and take all your neighbors and friends. Befriend them as individuals and talk to them gently and firmly. If they still embrace this “fundamental transformation” replace them.
Others are fighting it:
Norman OK Remember that zoning allows the municipality to use its police powers to exercise authority over privately owned property so we want to very careful about instituting any new zoning.
* “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” B∅