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Calling A Policy ‘Smart’ Does Not Impart Intelligence

Posted on | April 20, 2012 | 11 Comments

by Smitty

Are California’s marijuana dispensaries putting out some great product, or what?

Smart growth on steroids, or the radical densification policy of California, was the subject of my recent commentary in The Wall Street Journal — “California Declares War on Suburbia”. Regional transportation plans in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Los Angeles area and the San Diego area seek to force the vast majority of new residents in future decades into multi-family housing. Under the state’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction law (Assembly Bill 32) and its companion urban planning law (Senate Bill 375), it will be nearly impossible to build new detached housing. This is despite the fact that 80 percent additions to the housing stock in California’s major metropolitan areas was detached between 2000 and 2010.

Read the whole Orwellian thing.

My guess is that California’s powers-that-snort have determined that having privacy encourages subversive thoughts of liberty, maturity, and independence among residents. What a failed state.

Also, what an opportunity. Our country, if American Exceptionalism is more than a mere catchphrase, is going to demonstrate for the world and history how to face the music on failed policy, peacefully eject a failed political class, and restore a vital, capitalistic economy. Or perish in the effort.

Update: linked at The Daley Gator and Daily Pundit.

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  • Adobe_Walls

    Part and parcel with densification is eliminating automobile ownership. By living and working in a city one doesn’t need a car even if you can find a place to park it. By forcing people into public transportation they determine where one will and will not go.

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  • http://thepagantemple.blogspot.com/ ThePaganTemple

    Sounds unconstitutional to me, to mandate what kind of housing a person can or can not have, and where they are allowed to have it. State’s rights only goes so far, and this goes way past any reasonable definition. But of well, if they don’t want people moving to their failed state, I guess they’ve cooked up the right policy, I sure as fuck would be looking to get the hell out of there at the first opportunity.

    One thing I do know, California is going to crash here within a few short years, and when they ask for a bailout, the answer from the people should be a resounding NO!

    Give that sorry place back to Mexico, hell they practically own it now anyway in all but name.

  • ThomasD

    The mistake we have made is not pushing California further down this road to insanity even faster.

  • http://thatmrgguy.wordpress.com/ Mike G.

    I used to live in San Diego…way back when Pete Wilson was Mayor and Reagan was Governor. That place sure has gone to hell the last few years.

    I looked up a house we used to own in Dago in ’75. We sold it for 52K when we moved East to NC. Last year, it was priced at over 500K and the old neighborhood looked like it went from middle class to a place you don’t want to be after dark. The windows all had bars on them. Didn’t used to be like that.

    There was an elementary school and a special needs school up on the hill in back of the house.

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  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

     No bailout – but no giveaway either.  Once the fount of public largesse dries up with bankruptcy, a lot of the problem will take care of itself.

    I’d prefer to see someone buy it at auction and undo all the enviro-nonsense of the last few years which has practically destroyed one of the great and bountiful agricultural regions of the world.

    The state’s great – the problem is the millions of morons currently in Occupation.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

    This is a sort of Dickensian glimpse of our own future.  We’re Scrooge, and California is the Ghost of Catastrophes Yet to Come.

  • Adobe_Walls

    Quite.

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