Cont Pol, Highlights

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Highlights for Study, Containment Policies for Urban Sprawl 1. Soil Conservation Service et al. deplore urban invasion of scarce cropland 2. Worst aspect of loss is not of soil as such, but soil near markets 3. We have excess capacity to produce farm products, shown by existence of programs to retire farmland and lock it up 4. California has vast new lands suitable for citrus 5. Major loss is locational: the new lands are farther from markets 6. Same is true of deciduous fruits of Santa Clara County – and the urban uses that replaced them are a great productive urban asset, "Silicon Valley" 7. Net result is "shock waves" of expansion moving through entire hierarchy of farm uses 8. Most of California farmland prices are inflated by shock waves from urban sprawl 9. Federal tax policy, going easy on gains from land speculation, reinforces this effect 10. 80% or so of U.S. land values are found in cities. In Japan, example of fast comeback of Hiroshima; high values of Tokyo, especially before bust of 1991 or so 11. Containing cities is desirable to enhance quality and efficiency of urban living, but NOT
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