Suburban Cowboys

You know your conservative pet cause has arrived when it gets an event at the Heritage Foundation. Every kooky right-wing crusade, from denying global warming to teaching creationism in public schools, will eventually have its moment in the sun at the conservative think tank.

So it is no surprise that the honor was recently granted to a growing group of reactionaries who think that America’s sprawling, post-war development pattern is actually a good thing — and that the nascent anti-sprawl “smart growth” movement needs to be stopped. These pro-sprawl views have begun to find their voice on the op-ed pages and, on May 22nd, with a discussion at Heritage modestly titled “War on the Dream: How Anti-Sprawl Policy Threatens the Quality of Life.”

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