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Responding to traffic growth, Sioux Falls city planners say bigger roads aren’t the answer

Here’s a good example of transportation planning from Sioux Falls that reflects the current best practices for managing growth, maintaining safety, and accommodating a wide variety of people and modes of transport. From the Argus Leader: As the Sioux Falls metropolitan area expands toward 250,000 people, and traffic becomes more troublesome, planners say more and […]

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TIFs = Higher Taxes without Representation or Growth to show for it

This is the conclusion from “Tax Increment Financing Growth in Iowa” by Dave Swenson and Liesl Eathington, Department of Economics, Iowa State University, April, 2006. Tax Increment Finance districts are a large and rapidly growing component of Iowa’s economic development infrastructure and its property tax base. This report shows that the amount of valuation contained within TIF districts is, in the […]

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The Growth Ponzi Scheme

This article is by Chuck Marohn, director of in Minnesota and is reprinted here with his permission. Learn more at and check out their weekly podcast show. We often forget that the American pattern of suburban development is an experiment, one that has never been tried anywhere before. We assume it is the natural order because […]

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