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monsoon, July 25, 2004 in Urban Design & Architecture
This is definitely an issue that is going to come to light very soon. City over crowding and the resource use of poor lifestyle choices will definitely come back to hurt us very soon.
There is a lot of negative political feeling coming on, driven current by the use of government powers to take private property to support big box development. This has been a hot issue in several areas, Alabama being one of the biggest flash points for it. If this issues becomes mainstream, except any party or politicans who support this to come under attack.
I don't have time to read the whle article yet, but I will say that Part of the problem in the Upstate (not upcountry!!!) is the lack of zoning, but this is caused by the lack of city limits. Most incporprated areas in SC are a very small portion of their urban area. Compare Spartanburg's 39k population to its 145k urban area (26.89%) and Greenville's 56k population to its 300k urban area (18.67%). All cities in SC have zoning. However, often the developments that need to be controlled are out of the reach of any authority that can do anything about it.
The Southern mentality on personal property is only part of the problem.
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