Jeffrey H. Dorfman,
Professor, Dept. of Agricultural & Applied Economics,
The University of Georgia
Local governments must ensure balanced growth, as
sprawling residential growth is a certain ticket to
* Or at least big tax increases.
The Economics of Growth, Sprawl and Land Use Decisions
Green spaces increase property values of surrounding land
Green and open spaces can provide environmental amenities for free
If green spaces contribute to quality of life, you
attract people and jobs to community
Note and jobs
, not just people: jobs so the people can work
and afford the houses they live in.
But this doesn’t mean exurban subdivisions with big yards: