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"The Façade of New Urbanism & the Form-Based Code"
- By Lolita Buckner Inniss, J.D., L.L.M., Associate Professor of Law, Cleveland-Marshall School of Law, Cleveland State University, Cleveland Ohio, Twelfth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2008)
Form-based code, a tool of New Urbanism, is not doing what advocates claim. It tries to create by design what was spontaneous over a century. The "collaborative" charette process, ostensibly based on the "community," is monopolized by a small strand of people, the elite. New Urbanism tries to recreate old urbanism, but old cities like New York existed as a great range of neighborhood characters experienced by different groups of people. Old urban centers were based on wealth and inherently exclusionary. Zoning originated to protect wealthy urban interests. Zoning contributes to the decline of cities by excluding industrial workplaces from areas where workers live.
"Fact, Fiction, and Opinion"
- Book Review by Nathaniel R. Dickinson (PRFA, July 2006)
The Essential Grizzly by Doug and Andrea Peacock (Lyons Press, 2006)
Presumptions cripple this book on grizzlies. A blend of facts and fiction, politics and advocacy, this compendium of essays on grizzlies and the authors
' opinions on their importance to man wastes an opportunity to compile reams of knowledge into a credible work.
"Farm Bureau seeks limits for conservation easements"
- by Steve Miller, West River Editor, Rapid City Journal, August 26, 2003 (Reprinted by permission of the Rapid City Journal)
The South Dakota Farm Bureau began a petition drive to limit perpetual conservation easements. "Unseen changes in the future can place unintended hardships on future property owners," said Dick Kjerstad, president.
Farmer Hits Back with $200 Million Lawsuit
- Claim filed after armed DEC officers entered on farm without a warrant and stopped earth moving operations.
"Farmers Are Misled Into Holding On"
- By Joe Zajicek, Iowa City, Iowa
Those in political power inflate farmers' egos by telling them that without them the world would starve, while imposing land-use controls to keep farmers from selling the land for its full value.
Farmers Have Private Property Rights—What Does This Mean?
- Speech by Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property Rights Foundation of America. Given at Town Hall, Warwick, New York. Sponsored by LOCAL, Landowners Opposed to Confiscation of All Land, October 29, 2001
"Farmers Fight Back in the New Jersey Highlands"
- By Devlen Mackey, Owner, Mackey Orchards, Belvidere, New Jersey; Eleventh Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 13, 2007)
Farmers, local government, and developers are opposing the state regional zoning law, the New Jersey Highlands Regional Planning and Water Protection Act, which imposes 88-acre zoning and exploits endangered species rules in Hunterdon, Warren, and other northwestern New Jersey counties to stop the use of land. The law is said to be intended to protect the watershed for drinking water, but sewers to keep flow from Lake Hopatcong are prohibited by the Department of Environmental Protection.
"Farmers Want Town Board To Reject New Code"
- by Scott Webber, Reprinted by permission from the Warwick Valley Dispatch, November 7, 2001
"Fear and Trembling"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse ("Worth Commenting," Reprinted from the New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Vol. 10, No. 1, PRFA, Winter 2006)
Most property owners faced with the threatening experience of dealing with DEC wetlands bureaucrats and APA officials are so terrified that that they will not ask their elected representatives for assistance. Anyway, representatives can not be counted on to help property owners facing unjust environmental permit conditions and enforcement, but, instead, are good at getting grants for communities.
Fear-Mongering Sustains Fund-Raising
- A Report on the Adirondack Council Available.
"Federal Court Orders U.S. To Compensate Missouri Landowners"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, January 2003)
Federal court rules that according to Missouri law, the land underlying an abandoned railroad in Missouri reverted to the property owners. The government has to pay the first thirteen underlying owners $410,000, with more to follow along the 225-mile Katy Trail.
Federal Courts Put Napster in Line with Copyrights Law
- Free Web Music Swapping Company Ordered to Move Quickly.
Federal Judge Accepts Long Island Pine Barrens Group Back in Court
- Update-April 2001.
Federal Landownership and Control
- Speech by Robert J. Smith from Proceedings of the Fourth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (1999).
Fifteen Questions About Site Plan Review
- Consider these questions before you allow site plan review by a planning board.
"Fight the Good Fight for Private Property Rights"
- By Don Corace, Real Estate Developer and Author, Naples, Florida; Presented at Twelfth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2008)
The assault on private property rights includes eminent domain abuse like that of Susette Kelo for private development, and regulatory takings where the property owner receives zero compensation. Ocie Mills of Florida was the first man to go to federal prison for a wetland violation, singled out by the Corps of Engineers because he spoke out. In Pompano Beach, Florida, two men who had all their permits to build a hotel were stopped with 31 years by their NIMBY neighbors who didn't want their ocean view obstructed. One brother, a millionaire, lost everything, and had a stroke. Join together, put on your gloves, and fight abuses of private property rights.
Fisheries Conservation through Property Rights
-Speech by Frederick William Meeker from Proceedings of the Fourth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA 1999).
Fly-In for Freedom (10th Annual)
- Details of the 10th Annual Fly-In for Freedom hosted by the Alliance for America - May19-20, 2001.
Forest Land Easements
—Freezing the Future
- Speech by William R. Sayre from Proceedings of the Fourth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (1999).

Forestry Issues

- Index page of information about forestry issues on the national scene.
"Forward for Private Property Rights"
-by James S. Burling, Senior Counsel, Pacific Legal Foundation, Speech to the Ninth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 22, 2005)
Go to the mirror to see the real enemy of property rights, ourselves. Pacific Legal Foundation has won lawsuits such as the Suitum and Palazzolo cases by looking at what happens to real-life people hit by regulations. In the older Nollan and Dolan cases, the property owner won because of the nonsensical results of regulation. But an oil company was not a sympathetic litigant in Chevron v. Lingle, and the justices failed to grasp economic logic.
"Foul Ball - My Life and Hard Times Trying to Save an Old Ballpark" - by Jim Bouton (Bulldog Publishing 2003), Reviewed by
Nathaniel R. Dickinson
- (PRFA, February 6, 2004)
The great New York Yankees pitcher Jim Bouton led a battle to save treasured Wahconah Park, in Pittsfield, Mass., one of the oldest in America, having hosted professional baseball since 1892. Bouton narrates how he brought the community together against a new government-financed stadium, battling the City Council, which could wield eminent domain. Dickinson draws a parallel to the Nets stadium proposed for Brooklyn, N.Y.
Founding a New Municipality
- The experience of Gary Vegliante, Mayor, Village of Westhampton Dunes, Westhampton Beach, as given in a speech from Proceedings of the Third Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (1998).
Franciscan Friars Abused by National Park Service
- by Nate Dickinson.
"The Fraud and Double Standard"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse, PRFA, August 15, 2009
The APA was just defeated as it tried to exert illegal jurisdiction over farm worker housing. The wealthy forces from New York City use an environmental façade to victimize local people. A double standard allowed APA Chairman Curt Stiles to unlock a gate to drive through designated "wilderness" to camp at Lake Lila, but ordinary people have to hike to see the lake.

Freedom Emigres - Good-Bye Dear USA

- Index page of information about Americans who have had to leave America in order to feel free of government repression.
"The Freedom of Information Request"
(With Sample Letter) - By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA Background Brief, December 2004)
Knowledge is the first key to success in defending private property rights. Although based on New York and federal freedom of information law, this article has important information applicable anywhere in the United States.

Freedom of Information and Open Government - NY

- Index page of information about Freedom of Information and Open Government in New York.

Freedom of Speech and Property Rights - New York

- Index page of information about Freedom of Speech and Property Rights in New York.
Freedom—The Way Up From Racism and Poverty
-Speech by Reginald G. Jones from Proceedings of the Fifth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, 2000).
"Free Market Solutions to Urban Problems"
- By Randal O'Toole, Bandon, Oregon, Director - American Dream Coalition of the Independence Institute, Senior Fellow - Cato Institute, and Senior Economist - Thoreau Institute; Twelfth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2008)
States like Oregon that have "growth management" laws require that an urban growth boundary be drawn around cities, to stop growth beyond the boundary and "densify" development within the boundary. This has driven up housing costs and been a big factor in the housing bubble. Along with imposing the urban growth boundary, cities build light rail lines to reduce automobile use and thereby reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, which is thought to be a primary cause of global warming. But light rail is not effective either in attracting riders or reducing carbon dioxide. Efficient cars are better at reducing emissions per passenger mile and cheaper.
The Future of Freedom — Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad — By Faread Zakaria — Book Review by Nate Dickinson
- Nate Dickinson's insight about the progress of democracy and liberty. Is the future a single trend or separate paths?

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