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When the Ann Arbor City Council last week rejected the latest attempt to short-circuit development in the city’s urban core, it was hopefully taking one step in a sustained journey away from the anti-city, pro-sprawl politics that have lately, regretfully, been making our city look like just another exclusive suburb.
Opposition to development has been successful in recent years in large part because it has been wrapped in the imagery of parks, as if opposing in-town development is somehow “green” or “environmental” or in accord with the principles of “smart growth.” Parks have become to the anti-city lobby what tax cuts are for Republicans: the solution to every problem, the answer to every question. But this incessant drumbeat, no matter what the circumstances, has betrayed this strategy for what it is: the same kind of NIMBYism that is the lifeblood of sprawl.
-Former Park Advisory Commissioner Phil D’Anieri, in an “Other Voices” essay in today’s Ann Arbor News.
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