“(Defenders of sprawl believe) smart growth must be propped up by Uncle Sam to be successful. On its face, this makes sense; why would we have sprawling subdivisions if there was not incredible demand for these communities? To be sure, the demand is quite real, but what most people don’t realize is that this demand is artificially created by the government through tax breaks, subsidies and federal real estate programs. That doesn’t sound like a “free market” to me.”
—David Garcia in Stockton City Limits. Worth reading the whole thing here.