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I remember a hundred lovely lakes, and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees. The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets. It has given me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day. It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful. Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins my blood and benumbs my brain, I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear the coyote wailing to the yellow dawn, my cares fall from me - I am happy.

~Hamlin Garland
McClure's, February 1899
Growth creating gridlock on roads PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Muir   
Sunday, December 30 2007
Growth creating gridlock on roads

Development is supposed to stop when roads get too congested. But politicians and developers are finding exceptions to the rules.

A policy called concurrency is supposed to stop development if the roads are too crowded. But that rarely happens.

Many policymakers argue that concurrency is a failure because it encourages sprawl. In theory, it forces development outward to where roads haven't been congested yet. That "consumes unspoiled land and requires that you have to build roads to get there," said Jon Peck, a spokesman for the Florida Department of Community Affairs, which regulates growth.

For more details, read the Orlando Sentinel article .
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