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The High Density Delusion

These two articles by Edward Ring explain perfectly what we have been saying all along — the high density craze will help destroy the middle class and make single-family home ownership even more difficult.

Currently in NH, the Governor is pushing high-density by promoting two bills that will impose mandates on local boards, and reward developers further for high-density projects.

The taxpayers will take up the slack when services are overburdened and in need of expansion. Not everyone wants to live in a city, or have their rural, semi-rural town be attached to one.

“Most Americans aren’t racist. But they rightly have an aversion to spending their life’s savings to purchase a home in a neighborhood with a certain ambiance, only to then have their taxes increased so people who could never earn enough money to live in their neighborhood come in and live there anyway.”

“Why should anyone work hard their entire life, creating generational wealth, if the neighborhoods where they’ve fought so hard to be able to live are suddenly filled with people who in many cases didn’t have to work at all to live there?”

Read more… Density Ideology Will Destroy America

“On the question of unaffordable housing, however, the opposite is true. Unlike the healthy debate being waged across America on the topic of healthcare, the debate over housing solutions—if one even wants to call it a debate—is decidedly unhealthy. Basic premises go unchallenged. Basic assumptions and options are off the table, considered beyond debate. If the debate over housing policy remains a stunted facsimile of genuine debate, Americans will not only be condemned to purchase barely affordable housing, but their new housing options will be almost exclusively limited to homes on ever-smaller lots—or apartments—in increasingly crowded cities.”

Read more… The Density Delusion

Please read both articles in full for amazing charts and graphs showing statistics and current state of land use in the US.

And don’t forget to ask your State Representatives and Senators to REJECT HB 1629 and HB 1632

About the Author of the above articles:

Edward Ring is a senior fellow of the Center for American Greatness. He is a co-founder of the California Policy Center, a free-market think tank based in Southern California, where he served as their first president. He is a prolific writer on the topics of political reform and sustainable economic development. Ring, a fifth-generation Californian, has an undergraduate degree in political science from UC Davis, and an MBA in finance from the University of Southern California.

Australian Bushfires Were SET

Australian Bushfires: A Smart City Conspiracy?

“Australia is committed to the Agenda 2030 plan, which advocates for the implementation of radical changes to the central role of ownership rights of land and natural resources over the next decade.

Linking this plan, authorities are currently developing a number of smart city initiatives in direct response, promising locations full of ‘sustainable’ programs that monitor a variety of human activities.

Could it be that current bushfires across the country are part of this plan as well? What is the hidden agenda?

In the following, we explore the Australian bushfire ‘crisis’, including the course of events, weather and geoengineering, CLARA’s high-speed train network proposal and links to the UN-driven smart city agenda.”

Australia is no different than the USA where our State Dept is fully committed to Agenda 2030. A permanent ‘smart cities caucus’ has been embedded into our US Congress by a Republican no less!

Everything in this very important article is being DONE, or is being attempted to be done IN THE USA.

THE RISE OF SMART CITIES

“For those who are unaware, the Australian government has committed to a new “Smart Cities Plan”, which sets out the government’s vision for ‘productive and livable cities’ in the near future.

The plan represents a framework for cities policy at the federal level, and it will guide action across various portfolios to deliver ‘sustainable’ outcomes for cities and the people who live in them.

The Smart Cities Plan sets out the Australian government’s vision for our cities, and it includes three pillars: Smart Investment, Smart Policy and Smart Technology.

Key domestic initiatives include the Smart Cities Plan, City Deals, the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program and the National Cities Performance Framework.”

Please read the full article here to take advantage of all the embedded links.

The Slippery Slope: Outlaw Private Property

If you thought it was outrageous that some states have outlawed single-family zoning, you should be horrified at the suggestion that all private property should be outlawed.

In this article from The Nation, the author somehow suggests that rural property owners are ‘unsafe’ and hurting the environment, as if the fires that struck were their fault.

The subtitle of the article states “If we want to keep cities safe in the face of climate change, we need to seriously question the ideal of private homeownership.”

Further their article concludes that somehow, private property ownership is racist or exclusionary.

“If we can reframe debates about the future of cities beyond rote acceptance of property ownership, it will free up space for us to think about new, more just, and climate-attuned modes of urban living. Responding to climate change in just ways entails radically reducing greenhouse gas emissions, protecting against or adapting to climate change impacts, and doing all of it without further marginalizing oppressed groups of people.”

You will note that many years ago when we created this website, we included a quote in the right sidebar from the United Nations, which basically said the same thing — property should only be owned by the government.

“Land… cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes.
Public control of land use is therefore indispensable….”

~ Item #10 in the UN agenda at the 1976 Habitat 1.

Everyone should be concerned, since American delegates supported this policy…

Read more at The Nation

NH’s Housing Shortage – This is NOT the Answer!

We are at loss to understand what the Governor of NH, a Republican, is thinking with his bi-partisan new plan that would mandate the towns include certain types of housing.

We question if this is even constitutional.

On October 30, 2019, a few days after a “casual lunch” with developers, the Governor announced his plan to mitigate the housing ‘shortage’ in NH. This has serious implications for all NH towns.

To sum up, it would require local boards to train in the language of ‘new urbanism’ by unelected regional planners, and would mandate the inclusion of low-income high-density housing.

It would also give MORE perks to developers which would create incentives to flood NH with high-density housing where it is not wanted or needed.

The only people who can win with this plan is developers. The taxpayers and single-family home owners lose.

The two LSRs associated with the plan have not yet had bill numbers assigned to them but we will keep you apprised as well as contact all State Representatives that they should oppose them vehemently.

Also, we are thankful for Senator Birdsell who has put in an LSR to repeal the Housing Appeals Board and has garnered co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle.

This plan is a blatant manifestation of Agenda 21!

Read in more detail.

– GSFs

Proof the UN “Agenda” is Embedded in Federal Programs

This is a very important piece that outlines how the UN’s “Sustainable Development Goals” are what is being followed in some of your town’s housing policies and your state’s education policies. It’s all connected. All elected officials need to read it.

Some excerpts:

“Warriors, in NC, there are 3 types of ‘inclusionary zones’. The first type is the largest and is meant for those city or county government employees (including first year teachers). These are general inclusionary zones. Then, there are voluntary zones. These encourage workforce housing development and give incentives to the builders. Lastly, the third type is conditional inclusionary zoning. These pull in the voluntary zone parameters and incorporate some sort of comprehensive (future growth) city/county or State plan.”

“Then, there’s attracting and keeping talented workforce citizens; increasing P3s (public private partnerships); reducing vehicle use; increase digital dependence; transforming existing neighborhoods into cookie cutter ‘racked and stacked’ mini communities; directing city growth via ‘community services’ (one of which is to connect mental health to nature and green spaces) and schools (separate and unified); seeing an increase in charter and private schools; renovating existing public schools and building new ones, and continue to regionalize education.”

“According to a 2016 blog post from the World Bank, housing is the center point to SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). As we know, Warriors, the World Bank is heavily invested in America, is a member of the CCSS Machine, and, is a chief supporter of the UN’s SDGs.”

The author/researcher states “…it won’t be long before Mooresville becomes an annex of Charlotte’s city limits.” Sound familiar? Agents are attempting to absorb your town into the nearest city.

You can read about the interference in NH’s educational system by agents of the World Bank right here on Patch, Bedford.

NOTE: GOVERNOR SUNUNU and CERTAIN REPUBLICAN NH SENATORS and STATE REPS (Giuda, Carson, Bradley and Hinch) SUPPORT THIS SOCIALISTIC AGENDA. This has been proven by their support for workforce housing, state appeals boards, PPPs, and pandering to “millennials”.

Read the full article here for screen shots, links, and more proof.

Tom DeWeese: The Attack on Single-Family Homes

The attack on private property is growing across the country at a frightening rate. And the target is single-family homes – most likely — your home.

I have warned in recent weeks that Sustainable Development advocates are now calling zoning for single-family neighborhoods RACIST!

Minneapolis, Minnesota became the first city to end single-family zoning as the Mayor called such protections “self-segregation” devised as a legal way to keep black Americans and other minorities from moving into certain neighborhoods. Unbelievable!

Seattle, Washington followed Minneapolis. Other cities are looking into such plans. The federal agency HUD is pushing such plans under the Obama program called Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH). And city after city is taking HUD grants that force them to impose such plans.

So, attacks on single-family homes are racing across the nation.

Now Oregon is about to become the first state to eliminate single family zoning around the state.

The speaker of the Oregon House, Rep. Tina Kotek, says this action is urgent because Oregon has a “housing crisis.”

That is bunk! Oregon has a government-made crisis.

For over 20 years Oregon has been enforcing “Urban Growth Boundaries” (UGB) around its cities. This is part of the Sustainable “Smart Growth” policy.

As I have told my audiences around the nation, under Smart Growth, planners put an artificial line around the city and declare NO GROWTH will take place outside that line. That’s “Urban Sprawl!” And urban sprawl is a danger to the environment because is encourages the use of automobiles, strip malls, and the need for infrastructure like roads and power.

We used to call that building an economy until the Sustainablists declared war on human society!

Here’s what they didn’t count on. The UGBs assure the area of the city doesn’t expand. But what happens when the population does? The only way to grow is UP!

That means there is no room for single family homes with backyards for the kids. According to the rhetoric of the Sustainablists the only solution is to flood single-family neighborhoods with duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, and “cottage clusters.” They call this “up zoning.”

Says Speaker Kotek, “The state’s housing crisis requires a combination of bolder strategies.”

I love how these control freaks always use the words “bolder”, “innovative”, and “master plan” to make their destructive policies sound urgent and brave!

The truth is they are just stupid and short-sighted, pretending to be a solution for their own idiotic regulations — which they created.

For example, Portland Oregon has long been the poster child – the shining example — of the genius of Smart Growth praised in government and environmental meetings across the country.

Smart Growth is an utter failure as property rights have been destroyed, housing costs have skyrocketed and now there is a housing crisis!

Why? Because over the years, under Smart Growth, Portland’s population has grown by over 80%. But legislators have only allowed the Urban Growth Boundary to expand by no more than 6%!

NOW PORTLAND HAS A HOUSING CRISIS AND SO WE MUST ABOLISH SELFISH, RACIST, SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES!!!

Imagine what these policies will do to your property values – your equity – all that you have worked for?

Most people could quickly figure out the problem and dump such destructive policies. But apparently not the simple-minded idiots who are determined to control how you and I are to live.

Let me be very clear about where this is all headed.

Single-family homes are the greatest example of private property ownership. Private property is the greatest means for individuals to build personal wealth through the equity earned.

As private property ownership is destroyed, the wealth of the nation is diminishing. Now we are hearing some economists worry about a lack of housing starts in the building industry that could lead to an economic crisis. Yet, these “experts” rarely mention the true culprit – Sustainable Development, Smart Growth government tyranny!

Now, as we see more and more housing moving toward the high-rise stack and pack rental properties, a new attack is growing – this time against private owner landlords.

New government regulations are raising taxes on landlords, along with higher building costs. But now, many communities are starting to impose rent controls, because it’s not “fair” to make people pay so much for their homes!

Here is the bottom line goal of this attack on private property and single-family homes. If we lose this battle against Sustainable Development/Smart Growth policies, then, eventually all housing will become government controlled. There will be no private homes or condos. Only government housing!

You can read more about these issues from Tom DeWeese at his American Policy Center’s website.

How to Combat Agenda 2030 Deniers

When confronted with the prospect of Agenda21/2030, many deniers will drag out the old “conspiracy theory” excuse. It is a nice try to deflect from the root cause of this international communist movement. Unfortunately it’s not a theory, but rather common knowledge, plastered all over our US State Dept website in SUPPORT.

Darrell Issa (R) just consorted with Dems to install a permanent “Smart Cities Caucus” (lobby) in the US Congress.

Further, there have to be thousands, maybe even millions of pages devoted to the Agenda 21/2030 SDGs, MDGs, and related on the UN-associated websites.

The local planning departments have this book on their shelves. “Local Agenda 21 Planning Guide.”

And of course, just by visiting this blog’s main pages, there is so much more…

These deniers can play ostrich for only so long.

Most Dangerous Man in America?

Cuban National Andrés Duany could easily be called the most dangerous man in America.

Seems that the founder of the radical new urbanist CNU group is training planners at his company, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, and then they are in turn getting hired by towns who have no idea where these radical ideas are coming from.

Midlothian, Va. has been sucked in.

“Staff in the county’s Planning Department began working on the new plan in February 2016. Along the way, they contracted with Michael Watkins Architect LLC, a Gaithersburg, Maryland-based firm that works with existing communities to promote the cultural heritage of their built environment and plan new sustainable neighborhoods.

Watkins, a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, founded the firm in 2007 when he left his position of director of town planning with Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company.”

The people commenting on the article seem to have caught on to the agenda, but do they know what to do to stop it and how pervasive these 2,500 people from CNU are?

Read more..

Ben Carson Agrees With Elimination of Single-Family Zoning

Why is it that soon after Republicans get elected they suddenly turn on us?

It would seem this would be the case with Ben Carson, former candidate for president, now head of HUD.

Dr. Ben Carson of HUD

Dr. Ben Carson of HUD

One of the biggest scams in the NH state budget is the fact that some Republican State Senators and the Governor himself are supporting a bill (SB 306) that has been hidden in the budget because they knew it would not pass on its own. It is part of the push to do away with local control and flood NH with low income housing per UN Agenda 2030.

Now we read that Republican Ben Carson supports the idea of getting rid of single-family zoning. Sound outrageous? Read more…

“Carson — who leads the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) — made his comments Tuesday during a visit to Minneapolis, where lawmakers voted last year to ditch single-family zoning, which had previously dominated the city limits. Speaking to reporters, Carson suggested more cities should follow Minneapolis’ example, and drew a connection between zoning and homelessness.”

“I want to encourage the development of mixed-income multifamily dwellings all over the place,” Carson said.

HERE you can find a list of bills the Republican Governor of NH should be repealing and/or removing from the budget.