How Popular is Lehigh County’s Green Future Fund?

Just want to remind the Lehigh County Democrats how crazy popular the Green Future Fund was when voters approved it back in 2002:

On May 21, voters in fast-growing Lehigh County overwhelmingly approved the Green Future Fund, a $30 million county bond to protect open space and farmland and to expand and improve local parks. The measure passed with 14,907 yes votes, or 70.6 percent of the vote to 6,201 no votes (29.4 percent).

While the polling shows a dip in concern about the loss of open space during the economic downturn years, a time of very little new greenfield development, preserving open space remains extremely popular. So much so that a Republican candidate is primarying Mike Schware because the Tea People were holding Green Future Fund grants hostage, trying to score some retroactive spending cuts they couldn’t get during the regular budget process.


  1. Too Extreme Agenda says:

    Back in November 2006, Mr Schware was advocating that Allentown pursue Green Futures funds to purchase 7.24 acres of an abandoned industrial site, on St Elmos Street. He continued that direction when he ran for Controller in May 2007. Seems the tainted tea has clouded the judgement of the reform team slate.

  2. You do know one of the major reasons for its popularity? We like the idea of preserving land so asshole NYers stop moving here.

    That’s another reason why your increasing density ideas won’t ever get traction. We’re tired of dealing with your crap and want you to stay in NYC.

    • Jon Geeting says:

      There you go talking about yourself in the 3rd person again

      • Here’s an idea – come here and talk to people who: a) were born here; b) didn’t move here from NYC; and c) are over the age of 25. See what that tells you.

        Since you only read stuff and talk to people who think like you (and really want to move somewhere to escape the crushing costs of living in NYC), you all have decided that this would be a great place to change to suit your desires. But the majority of us in the Lehigh Valley don’t want this to be like NYC. We don’t want an environment where taxes and regulation crush us. Where it costs $7,000/year just to bus a kid to school. Where a hamburger costs $14.95 (fries extra).

        Please stay in NYC or pick another area to change.

        • Jon Geeting says:

          I know plenty of natives who agree with me about this stuff. Again, speak for yourself. Lots of people would like the cities to do more of what they already do well – more restaurants, more housing, more amenities. It’s a win-win.

          • It’s not a win/win when you look at the crushingly high cost of living in places like NYC and what all those relocations do to the cost of living here. Look at the timing – the cost of living in the Lehigh Valley tracks up in conjunction with the inflow from NYC and North Jersey.

            Let me ask this – the natives you speak of – any of them still live here? Did they move to the city and want to move back but bring the city with them? Did they go to school in the city and find out they couldn’t afford to stay there after graduation?

          • Jon Geeting says:

            The high cost of living in NYC comes from a concentration of good jobs and rich people able to bid up the cost of housing, intersecting with anti-growth land use polcies. It is way way too hard to build a new building in NYC, but everybody wants to move there so the cost of housing keeps going up. Everybody can lower the cost of living by building more housing.

          • Jon Geeting says:

            And again, I’m the one pushing the deregulatory position here. This is an example of something Republicans would be right about if they took their own rhetoric seriously. The high prices come from a cap on housing supply. If you don’t want high prices, stop capping housing growth. NYC is a special case because there’s more upward pressure on rents from rich people, but in cities where rich people aren’t beating down the door, having construction-friendly by-right zoning can easily be the difference between staying affordable and inflated rents.

  3. If that is in fact what they want, I say go for it. but keep thier goddam hands out of my pocket. So far every thing you write suggest that you want me to pay for it

    • Jon Geeting says:

      Pay for what? I’m talking about opening up the city to more private investment by rolling back regulations. Private money, not tax money.

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