Vaughn Burns 
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Re: “Charleston's printed accolades may be doing more harm than good

Having lived in Austin in the 83-87 period, I witnessed the initial political success in the "stop the growth" movement as Abbott Labs, Dell and high-tech firms found this beautiful city a desirable place. With the University of Texas and an eager and trained workforce at hand, Austin rivaled Albuquerque as one of America's fasted growing areas. Unfortunately, by refusing to prepare for that inevitable growth with forward looking infrastructure improvements, areas like Round Rock, Georgetown and Pflugerville found themselves dealing with "MUD" districts or "municipal utility districts" and these were controlled by the developers not the people. My recollection is that the run-off and other environmental hazards of a privately maintained and governed utility system created problems for years to come. Perhaps the desire to control and regulate growth is tenable here in the Lowcountry, I hope so but my experience that the desire to stop it, no matter how popular is damn near impossible in a democratic society. Vaughn Burns

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Posted by Vaughn Burns on July 19, 2017 at 1:31 PM
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