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Biosphere Reserves in
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since 1976
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since 1981

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  • Randal O'Toole"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.
    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
  • Carol W. LaGrasse"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

The Van Leuzen home

Photo by Kevin Bartram
Galveston County Daily News,
used by permission.
  • "Sustaining a Local Property Rights Group" - Barry Klein, President Houston Property Rights Association, Reprinted from Proceedings of the Fifth Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA 2000)
    Sustaining the property rights association that leads the battle to keep zoning out of Houston involves a sophisticated, thorough knowledge of urban affairs; weekly meetings hosting worthwhile speakers; a regular newsletter; political organizing; and the sustenance of volunteers and funding.
    More on this topic: Zoning & Building Codes — National

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