That Prop. 2 Will Have Far-Reaching Consequences Is Great

RECEIVED Fri., Oct. 17, 2008

Dear Editor,
    That Proposition 2 will have effects far beyond just the Domain is the best thing about it ["'Chronicle' Endorsements," News, Oct. 17]. I know the favorite activity of liberal politicians is dreaming up new ways to engineer society in their utopian image using taxpayer money. But the benefit to the public from these "New Urbanist" "mixed-use" developments is highly suspect. Did the City Council design and subsidize South Congress? Or Sixth Street? Or the music and art scene that Austin is known for? Of course not. These subsidized projects reek of the same yuppie unhip stench of all the condo developments. And even worse, they smell of old-fashioned corruption.
Ben Aiken
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