Make them pay

  Dear HCN,

Mark Muro's piece about the defeat of growth-control initiatives in Colorado and Arizona was disheartening, but there is a bright side (HCN, 11/20/00).

All of us know that developers care about only one thing. Forcing them to spend money to defeat such proposals puts a crimp in their profits, and more than $4 million in each state must have hurt. This by itself will make any area less attractive to them. I'd urge the sponsors of these measures to do it again. Keep forcing the developers to disgorge some of their profits to defeat such initiatives until they finally pass.

Bill Hamma
Reno, Nevada

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