Thursday, December 7, 2006
One result of the success of “progressive” politicians across the nation this year is likely to be a renewed vigor to pass laws that attempt to curb “sprawl.” Outside Washington, D.C., the outer suburbs of Loudoun County, Va. (photo at left), and Prince William County, Va., and the inner suburb of Montgomery County, Md., are in the process of imposing tough new moratoria on housing developments. While advocates hope that the efforts will preserve “open space” and help the counties provide services, some other results are also bound to occur: (1) the decreased supply of new housing will keep up the extraordinarily high housing prices in Washington suburbs, and (2) development pressure (and demand) will move to even further-out suburbs.
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