Wild conspiracy theories aside, I am a champion for smart growth. The fact that we are approaching the geographic size of Minneapolis with less that 1/3 of the population speaks of our poor development patterns. Our suburban sprawl hurts those in need of affordable housing, ties us to automobiles, and will cost us a fortune in future infrastructure maintenance. In short, sprawl is fiscal irresponsibility at its worst.
Fortunately we are changing. There is greater interest in downtown living, transit oriented living, and walkable neighborhoods. I have led a charge for years to get the city council to stop subsidizing sprawl. Just like a smart investor wants to maximize the return on investment, a smart city leader wants to maximize the return on infrastructure.