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Smart-growth trend shifting focus away from sprawl

Shifting demographic and economic factors, coupled with a state policy that encourages smart-growth principles, signal a shift in the decades-old debate over suburban sprawl.

While recent events don’t amount to a full-scale reversal of the building trend that started after World War II, they do suggest that developers and elected officials are taking a more long-range approach. While many suburban municipalities are revising local zoning rules and making provisions for land preservation, smart-growth projects are also becoming eligible for government grants and tax incentives.

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