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Intended to sponsor both inﬁll into existing communities and more responsible and directed growth, rather than no growth, both policies are nonetheless subject to abuse in local politics. 26. See “Building Livable Communities,” cited above. 27. Tregoning also notes that one of the accomplishments of Smart Growth has been to encourage EPA’s core supporters—the committed environmentalists and Sierra Club members, for instance—to shift from resisting growth of any kind toward accepting the social and economic beneﬁts of growth that is strategic and environmentally friendly; from a conference presentation on “Building and Rebuilding Suburban Neighborhoods,” December 1999, the Seaside Institute, Seaside, Florida.
Aren’t television and the Internet more subversive? Should we regulate them instead? Since sprawl can be tamed only by revitalizing older cities, aren’t the costs of rebuilding urban infrastructure likely to be at least as great as extending new infrastructure into farmland at the fringe? Isn’t that part of why we avoid these costs now? At least as difﬁcult as deﬁning the sprawl problem in a satisfying way is deﬁning the Smart Growth antidote. Oliver Gillham quotes Microsoft’s Encarta World English Dictionary’s serviceable and concise deﬁnition of Smart Growth as “economic growth that consciously seeks to avoid wastefulness and damage to the environment and communities” (158).
The built project, Northrup Commons, screens the parking with duplexes entered from the streets and adds two ﬂoors of apartments. The resulting section weaves conventional ﬂats, duplexes, and parking infrastructure into a unique mix whose massing, scale, and materials ﬁt remarkably well into its traditional context. Sienna has also pioneered the building of apartments and condominiums on top of grocery stores. Its design for Macadam Village, three miles from downtown Portland, places apartments on the roof of an upscale grocery store and retail strip.