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  • Lolita Buckner Inniss"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.
    More on this topic: Zoning & Building Codes — National
  • Raymond Keating"Small Business and Private Property Rights" - By Raymond J. Keating, Chief Economist, Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, Washington, D.C. and Columnist, Newsday, Long Island, New York; Eleventh Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 13, 2007)
    Local zoning often is a tool of special interests to force small businesses to give up. Government uses its power of eminent domain for economic development for well-financed entities at the expense of small business. During the past 100 years, government has lost respect for private property owners when developing sports stadiums, which used to fit around private property. In addition, it should be more recognized that intellectual private property rights protect the interests of small businesses, not just "big pharma."
    More on this topic: Eminent Domain — National
    More on this topic: Zoning & Building Codes — National
  • "New Wave of UNESCO World Heritage Sites Proposed" - By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA Position Brief, June 2007)
    This spring, the National Park Service announced that 36 locations in the United States have been proposed for UNESCO World Heritage Sites, adding to the twenty that already are designated in this country. Such international recognition potentially threatens private property rights because preservationists could exploit the designation to stop the use of land in the region just beyond a site's borders.
    More on this topic: Biosphere Reserves & World Heritage Sites
  • Jay H. Lehr, Ph. D."Shaky Foundations - The Exaggerated Basis for Environmental Land-Use Controls" - Jay H. Lehr, Ph.D., President Environmental Education Enterprises, Inc., Ostrander, Ohio, Reprinted from the
    Proceedings of the Third Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, 1998)
    An environmental scientist for 44 years who helped write every piece of federal environmental legislation between 1965 and 1987, Jay Lehr states that today's wetlands enforcement is irrational; that the Endangered Species Act is one of "the most terrible pieces of legislation in the whole environmental arena"; that pollution of our air, water, soil, and from solid waste has been greatly curtailed; and that some issues, including radon and ozone, are a farce.
    More on this topic: Dam Relicensing under FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission)

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