Voters support smart growth in El Paso, across US
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Voters in El Paso, Texas, overwhelmingly supported $473 million in “quality of life” bonds that will fund city parks and cultural venues to implement what Natural Resources Defense Council blogger Kaid Benfield called “among the best, most articulate comprehensive plans I have ever seen.”
Voters also supported smart growth and transit measures in many other cities and towns across the country — e.g. in Philadelphia, Arlington, and Virginia Beach. A few proposals were defeated — in some cases they received majority support but a two-thirds vote was required.
The El Paso bonds, supported on November 8 by a 3 to 1 margin, were among the most impressive smart growth election results this year. Earlier this year, the city adopted Plan El Paso (see Better! Cities & Towns April-May, 2012).
“Everything that was taken to the voters was designed to implement Plan El Paso and create a dynamic urban center,” city manager Joyce Wilson told Better! Cities & Towns. “Within 5 years, it will be a game changer relative to what El Paso is now. In 10 years, [the result] will be absolutely amazing.”
One of the measures, about $240 million, will fund parks throughout the city. Another will go toward a