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St. George Ranks High for Unsustainability The U.S. Chamber of Commerce lands on our Wall of Shame today for a celebration of all things unsustainable in Is Silicon Valley’s Future In St. George, Utah? “St. George is a formidable urban center on its own. This is reflected in the latest population figures released for the St. George metropolitan area, which…ranked among the fastest-growing areas in the country.” Until we get over “ranking” cities for population growth (and putting the fastest growing at the TOP of the rankings), we will be stuck in the 20th century settle-the-wild-frontier mindset that population growth is something to pursue and celebrate. Not a...
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Can California Innovate Past Laws of Sustainability? California’s fresh water crisis gets plenty of media attention these days. The End of California? seems worthy of our attention because of its optimism. New York Times contributor Timothy Egan has written well about this subject. His work might just as easily land on our Wall of Fame. But today I do want to put a spotlight on what I’m dropping into a very large file-drawer labeled “techno-optimism.” “California will survive. It’s not going to blow away. The economy, now on a robust rebound, is not going to collapse. There won’t be a Tom Joad load of S.U.V.s headed north. Rains, and snow...
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Blackstone Advisor: Not Enough Consumers I’m saving the best for last, so stay with me. This statement from a Blackstone Advisory Partners executive in his Market Commentary blog got my attention: “An exhaustive and important study by the McKinsey Global Institute concludes that over the next 50 years population growth will decline to .3% annually.  If productivity continues to contribute 1.8%, overall [GDP] growth will decline to 2.1%, a rate 40% less than during the past half-century.  The implications of this slowdown on global changes in the standard of living and investment opportunities could be enormous.”  Right off the bat, either McKinsey or Blackstone are assuming 2.1% annual...
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Overpopulation: Candidates Run for the Hills A news report about political candidates in England debating population policy makes the Wall of Fame today because, well, this is a conversation we never see in the U.S.  Kent Election Candidates Clash Over Population Growth For some reason, we can always count on Australians and the English to have more candid conversations about this subject. "At a BBC debate, Russ Timpson called for a conversation about how many people could live ‘on this island.’ The Tory, UKIP and Labour candidates on the panel said they understood him to mean limits on having children, respectively describing his comments as chilling, astonishing...
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Prosperity from Growth (for Developers) I honor David Schwartz of Chapel Hill, North Carolina today for this recent commentary in The News/Observer: Growth Pays, If You’re A Developer  Schwartz tells us: “Growth doesn’t pay for itself.” He highlights the observations of Wake County Manager Jim Hartmann: “During his long public service career, he has had ample opportunity to observe, in fast-growing areas such as central Florida, northern Virginia, and now here in the Triangle, that the costs communities incur to provide services to growing populations – costs for schools, roads, buses, police, fire, parks – exceed the new revenues that growth brings.” Schwartz next points out...
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