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Re: “People 1, Crabtree Quarry 0

While I don't dispute the intentions of the neighborhood groups that opposed the quarry expansion, I would challenge the David vs. Goliath narrative that's being touted here. I think the victory here has a lot more to do with the continued domination of the Planning Commission by real estate development interests. Hanson was just unfortunate enough not to be a member of the real estate development club that dictates all Planning Commission decisions. Here was a wonderful opportunity for that group to present itself as an advocate for neighbors. They listened to the argument of "consistent with the Comp Plan" because it was also consistent with their prevailing attitude of "help my brother developer and he'll help me."

I don't have a dog in this fight, but it's unfortunate that the city has decided to keep its economy so firmly stuck in the by-gone era of real estate speculation. An operating quarry actually produces wealth (yes, at some environmental expense), while real estate speculation just creates debt and moves wealth from the low to high.

Posted by CVB on 04/21/2011 at 10:27 AM

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