by Steven F. Hayward

Re: Jonathan’s remarks on Leavitt going to the EPA. As governor he went in for a lot of anti-sprawl nonsense and was distressing fond of the “smart growth” hokum, in a state where it is totally inappropriate, regardless of your opinion about sprawl or smart growth. (Utah is about 1 percent urbanized; over half the state meets the 19th century Census Bureau definition of “wilderness frontier.”) I quipped in a speech to the Utah legislature in 1999 that if Leavitt has his way, we should obviously call all the new smart growth developments “Leavittown.” The message got through.