March 26, 2004

Study: Smart Growth Helps Create Jobs

Some believe that smart growth advocates really want no growth, but that's not true. We want better growth.

And in fact, a detailed analysis of more than 150 metropolitan areas shows that smart growth helps create jobs.

A study by Good Jobs First shows that "contrary to common belief, smart growth policies are good for construction jobs. The report provides evidence that smart growth can create more employment opportunities than sprawl for workers who build residential and commercial structures and transportation infrastructure. "

Earlier this year, unions decided to back a San Diego plan to protect rural land from exurban sprawl, concluding that unwise development patterns have hurt construction works, USA Today reported.

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