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Monday, November 03, 2003

Ann Arbor News Endorses Yes on Proposition B
Here. I was out yesterday putting leaflets in doors. Prop B will give the city the right to purchase the development rights on rural land surrounding the city, giving farmers and other landowners a financial alternative to selling out to developers. Hopefully, it will stop or at least slow the outrageous sprawl we've seen for the past decade, along with the increase in traffic and pollution. I still think the best cure for sprawl is a hefty (I'm talking dollars) increase in the gasoline tax, but schemes like Prop B have a much better chance of passing and should do some good.

It may have a positive impact for those of you not in the Ann Arbor area, as well. The opposition to B campaign is being heavily funded by national homebuilder associations, who are afraid that passage will further a "domino effect" around the country. We can only hope!