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Lesson 4: Smart Growth

Bike at beach.This is the fourth lesson in a series of ten lessons on Agenda 21, commonly known as Sustainable Development.. Today you will learn…

 How Smart Growth Stategies are Used to Control Human Behavior Within the Human Settlement.

One of the goals of Agenda 21 is to re-wild over 50% (plus an additional 10% for buffer zones around the re-wilded areas) of the United States. Out of necessity, this will force the human population off the rural lands and into, using Agenda 21 language, “human settlements”. Once there, the behavior of humans can be more easily monitored and controlled, thus creating, “sustainability”. Continue reading

Smart Growth is Dangerous Growth

Normally the author of the website www.Agenda21course.com  does not compose the articles included in the newsletter. In this the author would like to make an exception.

The official website for Smart Growth, www.smartgrowthamerica.org , is working actively, aggressively, and successfully to advance Agenda 21 in an attempt to transform our cities.

The Smart Growth America website lists 10 principles which are currently being used to transform our cities.  What the website does not tell you are the many negative consequences to the quality life of those living in the cities. Nor does it tell the truly horrible impact these principle will have on those living in the rural lands. Nor does it tell you how Smart Growth will steal freedom from every single American regardless of where they live.  This then is why the information in this article is so important.

Below are the 10 smart growth principles listed on the www.smartgrowthamerica.org website which are being used to convince those going to the site just how wonderful will be the results of smart growth planning. You may click on any of the principles to see more information.

 1. Mix land uses

2. Take advantage of compact design

3. Create a range of housing opportunities and choices

4. Create walkable neighborhoods

5. Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place

6. Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas

7. Direct development towards existing communities

8. Provide a variety of transportation choices

9. Make development decisions predictable, fair, and cost effective

10. Encourage community and stakeholder collaboration in development decisions

Let’s examine the likely reality of the information listed under each principle and the likely outcome and purpose of each of these principles.

Principle 1, 2, 4, 7 and 8 collectively encourage developers to develop only within city boundaries resulting in developers building upward to acquire the millions of new living spaces needed. Encourage developers through zoning to place businesses on the ground floor of these high rises (=mixed use). Encourage the Progressive city councils raise taxes and take grants to fund mass transit and a massive network of sidewalks and bike paths.

The Smart Growth America website never mentions these principles over time will increase the difficulty of driving cars and trucks. As bicycles are given dedicated driving lanes or allowed to intermingle with moving cars, driving cars and trucks will become more difficult. Increasing the presence of more mass transit will further clog the roads. The addition of speed bumps and the loss of parking, as parking lots are replaced by high rises, acerbate the problem.  Eventually only the elite will have cars or parking spaces (think New York City). This sets up a scenario where the citizen is forced to walk, ride their bike, or use mass transit. This in turn makes it easy to limit where and when citizens are allowed to travel. If mass transit is not allowed to leave the city boundaries, then neither will the average citizen be able to leave-leaving the rural areas undisturbed advancing the Wildlands Project (See Lesson 3).

Principle 3 states there will be housing options for all socio-economic groups.

The Smart Growth America website does not mention, as develop-able land within the city becomes scarcer, affordable housing will become equally scarce. The only way the middle or lower classes can afford housing is if they are willing to live in a shoe-box size apartment, become part of the growing number of homeless, or have their housing subsidized by taxing others (again, think New York City).

Principle 5 states Smart Growth will create attractive communities with a strong sense of place.

The efforts by the American Planning Association (APA), which vigorously advances the principles of Smart Growth through its impact on university curriculum and its direct contact with virtually all of the city planners across America, along with numerous grants, passed out to cities to bribe them into using Smart Growth principles guarantees just the opposite result. In the end all the towns in America will have the same generic look; packed, stacked, full of bike paths, sidewalks, and mass transit with zoning and building codes which allow for little, if any, diversity of appearance. If not for the name of the city displayed on the side of its overpasses, it will be virtually impossible to tell one suburb or city from the other.

Principle 6 expresses the desire for more land to be locked up in a variety of green space options.

 The Smart Growth America website does not mention land taken out of private ownership is usually no longer taxed placing a greater burden on the remaining privately owned land. Further the resources on, above, and under the green space is usually locked down-often in perpetuity. As less land is left for private ownership, its value and the taxes on it go up-unless it is rural land outside of a town with an urban growth boundary.

A city, who creates an urban growth boundary, only allows development inside the city limits (creating pack and stack), while preventing development outside of the city limits. In addition to limited development the rural community is provided limited services. Taken to its logical conclusion, while the city land sky rockets in value, the rural land values plummet and the rural communities slowly become ghost towns as folks are forced to move into town. This then greatly advances the Wildlands Project.

If this sounds crazy, under Oregon law each of the state’s cities and metropolitan areas has already created an urban growth boundary around its perimeter to control expansion onto farm and forest lands. Other cities in America also have urban growth boundaries.

Principle 6 states:

“Preserving open spaces can also make communities more resilient, protecting them from natural disaster, combating air pollution, controlling wind, providing erosion control, moderating temperatures, protecting water quality, and protecting animal and plant habitats.”

The Smart Growth America website does not explain, with the exception of protecting animals and plant, which just makes sense, how in the world packing and stacking millions of humans into a relatively small space can achieve any of the rest of these claims.

All of China’s large cities embrace Smart Growth principles (have achieved extreme control of their citizens’ behaviors). Rarely are these cities touted for the good quality of their air or water. As for claims smart growth can control natural disasters and wind that is just nonsense designed to suck in the naïve.

Principle 9 and 10 assures the citizen the decision making process is fair and equitable and includes citizen involvement.

The head-sheds in charge of making the big decisions required to create a smart growth city do not leave any decisions to chance. They employ the Delphi/Consensus/Visioning process to make sure in advance the predetermined result the shakers and movers want is the result they get. Sure, they will attempt to create the illusion “everyone” has a say, but the process is rigged in advance.

In summary, the Smart Growth principles do not stand up to scrutiny. They are designed to sound wonderful, but in reality will drive the rural citizen out of the countryside and into packed cities where the peoples’ behaviors will be monitored and controlled. Smart Growth is just one more tactic used to steal our freedoms. Know it for what it is-dangerous growth.

Michigan Tax Assessor Attempts Interior Home Inspections

Being sure that the homes in this Michigan town were assessed correctly for taxes was the excuse used by assessors to trespass INTO the town’s homes. When some  homeowners refused the assessors entry, the homeowners were punished through their wallets.

Only because these policies were created by elected officials, who could be threatened with being “unelected”, was there a happy ending. Without this happy ending, would the next bureaucrats have attempted to invade the homes to check the amount of insulation in the walls or the efficiency of the appliances?

Watch the citizens in this short video sort out their elected officials by clicking on this link.

Eco Freaks Want YOU to Eat Bugs.. You ARE What You Eat!

This video is done by an extremely dedicated activist in California. I will have to say this is one of his best videos. In spite of the fact that everything he says about the effort by the United Nations to convince us to eat bugs is crazy and scary, it is also just so darn absurd that you have to laugh (mostly to prevent yourself from hitting your head repeatedly against the desk top.) To watch this short video, click on this link.

Rep. Gosar Blocks $500 Million Obama Wanted for New, Wasteful Grant Program, Keeps Money in Highway Trust Fund

Do yourself and your blood pressure a favor and read about the successful attempt in the U.S. House to block any funds from being used for the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) proposed Rapid Growth Area Transit Program. If passed, this will decrease the theft from the federal highway fund of tax dollars that were going to be thrown down the mass transit black hole. To learn more about this amendment click on this link.

California vs. The Suburbs: Planners, Smart Growth, and the Manhattan Delusion

This short video uses information about development in Los Angeles, California to debunk the supposed necessity of creating a multitude of high rises to replace the suburbs. Further, the video explains how by following the money you can see who will really benefit if pack and stack is achieved, and why it is a mistake on all levels to allow this densification to occur. To learn more click on this link.

Americans Want to Drive, Not Take Mass Transit. But Government Spending Doesn’t Reflect That

The federal government is diverting transportation dollars away from the roads and bridges to “transportation alternatives” in order to transform/control how (and if) Americans are allowed to travel around the country. 

The federal highway trust fund that funds our roads and bridges runs out of funds at the end of May (2015). A significant part of the problem is that 19 cents of every dollar that should be spent on roads and bridges is being diverted to things like bicycle and walking paths, scenic overlooks, and environmental pollution mitigation.

This article does such a great job of explaining why it makes absolutely NO sense to be diverting this money away from the building and repairing of roads and bridges I suggest strongly that you send it, or a link, to all of your representatives; federal, state, and local. To learn more, click on this link.

“Stopping Obama’s Assault On the Suburbs”

The article, “Stopping Obama’s Assault On the Suburbs” by Stanley Kurtz, provides a chilling explanation of how Obama’s recent ruling, Affirmatively Forwarding Fair Housing (AFFH), goes way past preventing discrimination and moves on to creating rules to force integration of minorities into our neighborhoods (aka social justice) on the taxpayer’s dime. In addition, these social engineering policies concentrate even more people in our population centers where they can be more easily controlled and monitored through Smart Growth regulations.

This article, which was written in mid-2014, also discusses an effort by Arizona Congressman Paul Goser to create legislation to prevent funds from being used to implement the AFFH rules.

Note: I contacted Congressman Goser’s office on 3/2/15, to see if he was still attempting in 2015 to defund these efforts at forced integration of our neighborhoods, and was told he is indeed again this year (2015) working towards that goal. I will attempt to let you know in the future of the progress of this effort. To learn more about the impact of AFFH social engineering rules and Representative Goser’s effort to thwart them, click on this link.

Affirmative Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH)-Stanley Kurtz

And then there is the not-so-Smart Growth. The endless series of regulations that attempt to nudge/force the citizens to live “happily” cheek to jowl in urban areas. Stanley Kurtz is the author of Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities.  Mr. Kurtz does a great job in this 8 minute video explaining an Obama policy called Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH), which is expected to get approved in December of 2014, as well as other elements of smart growth. To learn more, click on this link.

Court ruling in land dispute could threaten bike trails

Good news, the Supreme Court got one right. The Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that government easements used for railroad beds over public and private land in the West expired once the railroads went out of business, and the land must revert to its owners. That means that bike paths pushers cannot just assume that they can build bike paths along existing abandoned federally granted railways. They will need to purchase this land from the rightful owner.

However, even good news causes ripples. This ruling will no doubt cause a series of dominoes to fall. There will be more use of eminent domain, which in turn will cause more lawsuits, which in turn will cause the cost/mile for building a bike path to increase. The hope would be that all of this turmoil will convince the American people that, in most cases, bike paths are not feasible. If the American people figure that out, the federal government will have lost a key tool, bike paths, in their Agenda 21 toolkit. To learn more, click on this link.