Response by Stephen Salmore
Although most New Jerseyans feel that suburban sprawl
is a somewhat or very serious problem, most New Jerseyans prefer to
live in the suburbs, in a single family home. Proposals to deal with
suburban sprawl usually call for discouraging new single family homes
by preserving open spaces or encouraging high density housing, or both.
However, as long as New Jersey remains an attractive place to live,
growing at a faster rate than most other north-eastern states, proposals
to deal with sprawl make it more difficult to accommodate an increasing
number of new residents expected in coming years. In New Jersey, the
most suburban state in the country, solving the problem of suburban
sprawl will join high property taxes and auto insurance rates as permanent
items on the list of important problems voters want elected officials
to deal with. see
Comment by Fairleigh Dickinson University Research Professor of Political Science, Stephen Salmore (Ph.D., Princeton University). Steve specializes in both national and New Jersey politics and presently operates Raritan Associates, Inc. He is co-author of Parties, Elections and Campaigns and New Jersey Government and Politics. Dr. Stephen Salmore can be reached at 973-292-3633.