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Guest perspective: Debate tackles merits of free-range urban planning

Editor's note: This article first appeared on PLANetizen. Participants in an Internet e-mail discussion list recently engaged in a heated debate on the impact of libertarian principles on urban planning in the United States. Here we present an edited version of the original e-mail debate, which centered on the "The Lone Mountain Compact," which appears at the end of this perspective. Kenneth Orski, editor and publisher of Innovation Briefs: The Lone Mountain Compact, of which I am proud to be a signatory, is a collection of principles, the key of which is that people ought to be allowed to live and work where and how they choose. However, to characterize the Lone Mountain Coalition as "Libertarian" is a misnomer. The Lone Mountain coalition has no political agenda. It is a group of like-minded individuals who believe in limited government, maximum individual freedom and market-driven land use decisions. G.B. Arrington, senior professional associate for transit-oriented developm...