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Up or out, the answer is obvious based on years of evidence that nobody gains from sprawl except the land speculators who have lobbied and made contributions to elected officials in order to have their rural land declared urban. And in Washington, D.C. the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties can add another square to their national checkerboard.
The taxpayers lose when property taxes are used to provide new infrastructure in the countryside rather than fix and redevelop what already exists within the urban growth boundary. The farmers lose when their landbase shrinks making farming less profitable and farming infrastructure supplying seeds, equipment, repairs, fertilizer, etc. goes out of business. City residents lose when they have to drive so many more miles or forego trips to visit the open space provided by the orchards, Christmas tree farms, CSA's, u-picks, vineyards, wineries and other rural uses that provide direct farm marketing. Wildlife loses when habitat is paved over and streams are made to run through pipes. Commuters lose when their daily worktrip is extended by traffic that can't be alleviated in an efficient way by mass transit.
Going up still employs the electricians, plumbers, framers, even excavators, who build industrial plants and dwelling units. But going up requires that the counties develop policies that value rural lands as a part of the county economy rather than as a land bank for new, sprawling development and multi-acre paved parking lots.
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