Washington Libertarian Review

Political commentary from the State of Washington with a libertarian perspective.

Monday, July 11, 2005

The last laugh

There's an old saying: What goes around comes around.

Twenty years ago urban planners worried about sprawl and gridlock. For some reason local regulation seemed inadequate. So they appealed to the state for help. The result was the Growth Management Act.

Property owners and developers screamed themselves hoarse, all to no avail. After all, our quality of life was at stake.

Now, it appears the property owners and developers have had the last laugh. Using the same powers that the urban planners used to get statewide regulation of land use, the developers have figured a way to make a buck anyway, manufactured homes in residential neighborhoods, regardless what local regulations may say.

Here is another old saying: The road to hell is paved with good intentions.


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