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  • Corporate favoritism gone wild in Westminster

    Corporate favoritism gone wild in Westminster0

    • July 31, 2017

    This is where capitalism gets twisted into cronyism, with planners and politicians picking economic winners and losers by granting special privileges in the form of public subsidy.

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  • Colorado voters pushing back on urban renewal overreach

    Colorado voters pushing back on urban renewal overreach0

    • July 20, 2017

    Until the legislature acts, Coloradans will need to continue taking back control over their local governments, and their hard-earned tax dollars, one urban renewal authority at a time.

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  • Coloradans are pushing back on urban renewal abuse

    Coloradans are pushing back on urban renewal abuse0

    • July 4, 2017

    In June, a south suburban Denver fire district filed suit against the urban renewal authority (URA) in Parker, Colorado over the diversion of property taxes to subsidize redevelopment projects. Also in June, news broke that the URA in Arvada, Colorado in the north metro Denver area sold a 9-acre parcel of land to a developer for $30. The land is valued at around $9 million.

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  • Note to gentrifying Denver: You can’t always live where you want, but…

    Note to gentrifying Denver: You can’t always live where you want, but…0

    • June 27, 2017

    by Jon Caldara Hey millennials. Pardon my penchant for old fogey music, but as The Rolling Stones said, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, well you might find, you get what you need.” That includes housing. So stop whining. Yes, I get it. If you’re young and childless, it’s

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  • Using Disparate Impact to Restore Housing Affordability and Property Rights in Colorado

    Using Disparate Impact to Restore Housing Affordability and Property Rights in Colorado0

    • March 17, 2017

    Fair-housing advocates should question policies that increase housing costs by intruding on private property rights. These include growth- management tools such as urban-growth boundaries, the use of eminent domain for economic development, rent control, inclusionary zoning, and excessive impact fees, all of which benefit a few at everyone else’s expense. In approving the disparate- impact doctrine, the Supreme Court has offered a tool to both affordable-housing advocates and property-rights advocates for undoing these rules and policies that make housing less affordable.

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  • Littleton City Council moves to abolish its urban renewal authority

    Littleton City Council moves to abolish its urban renewal authority0

    • November 8, 2016

    From its origins as an effort to address legitimate slum and blight, URAs and TIF are now prime examples of cronyism and corporate welfare at the local level.

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