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  •  Good points! Some great comments here (1+ / 0-)
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    and downthread. Reminds me of content from the great scholarly "Who Rules America" site:

    http://www2.ucsc.edu/...

    A local power structure is at its core an aggregate of land-based interests that profit from increasingly intensive use of land. It is a set of property owners who see their futures as linked together because of a common desire to increase the value of their individual parcels. Wishing to avoid any land uses on adjacent parcels that might decrease the value of their properties, they come to believe that working together is to the benefit of each and everyone of them. Starting from the level of individual ownership of pieces of land, a "growth coalition" arises that develops a "we" feeling among its members even if they differ on other kinds of political and social issues.

    This "we" feeling is reinforced by the fact that the pro-growth landed interests soon attract a set of staunch opponents--if not immediately, then soon after they are successful. These opponents are most often neighborhoods and environmentalists, which are sometimes aided by university students and left activists. The inevitable tensions between the growth coalition and its opponents led to increased suburbanization, urban renewal, ghettoization, and many of the other problems that plague American cities of the 21st century.

    In economic terms, the "place entrepreneurs" at the center of the growth coalitions are trying to maximize "rents" from land and buildings, which is a little different than the goal of the corporate community -- maximizing profits from the sale of goods and services.

    "..The political class cannot solve the problems it created. " - Jay Rosen

    by New Rule on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 10:35:31 AM PST

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    •  BTW THAT is a fabulous piece. I just finished (0+ / 0-)

      reading the entire thing and as someone that has worked on land use for most of my adult life, in one way or another, I can really see a lot of parallels, though my area isn't mentioned and is rather unique in that it is largely owned by two individuals/families (well stolen in the case of one, then stolen in a different sense, again, decades later).

      The power structure here has ALWAYS been based on land.

      202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

      by cany on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 01:07:03 PM PST

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      •  You're welcome. Lots of good stuff (1+ / 0-)
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        hidden away in academic sites.

        "..The political class cannot solve the problems it created. " - Jay Rosen

        by New Rule on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 03:06:00 PM PST

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        •  I'm actually looking for something specific (0+ / 0-)

          at the moment... maybe you would have an idea where to find it.

          I am looking for studies that show that open space v. development around existing communities keeps the property values higher than that area being developed. The Irvine Company did such a study years ago for a development they never proceeded with in Anaheim Hills, but I can't dig it up anywhere.

          Any ideas?

          What I am trying to show is that the conventional wisdom of new tract mansions in an otherwise wild/historical area actually lowers the value of the existing small cabins/homes. These homes currently exist w/i the Congressional boundary of a forest.

          I've seen studies before that reinforce this view, but I cannot, for the life of me, find them.

          202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

          by cany on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 03:24:19 PM PST

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