16 Feb '12, 5pm

World’s worst elected official makes the case for sprawl

World’s worst elected official makes the case for sprawl

“Well, let me state it unequivocally: I love sprawl,” says L. Brooks Patterson, county executive of Oakland County, Michigan. “I need it. I promote it. Oakland County can’t get enough of it,” he continues, in an essay posted to the Oakland County website . Why should any of us care? Well, Patterson appears to be in a position of power , especially if you live in southeast Michigan. And unlike other people in positions of power who make absurd sprawl-feeding, bike-busting laws — ahem Congress — he’s laying all his reasoning out on the table. To Patterson, sprawl is an issue of freedom. Let’s stop the hysteria and honestly ask ourselves what is sprawl? “Sprawl” is the unfortunate pejorative title government planners give to economic development that takes place in areas they can’t control. In reality, “sprawl” is new houses, new school buildings, new plants, and new office a...

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