LAND: A Giant Step Backward

Suburbs keep sprawling, highways keep gobbling up land, vacation resorts keep paving over waterfront acreage, often with no respect for the best long-term use of land. Last year President Nixon called the misuse of land "perhaps the most pressing environmental issue before the nation" and urged Congress to do something about it. The Senate already had passed a bill to encourage states to plan exactly where land-development projects should or should not go. Arizona Democrat Morris Udall introduced a similar bill in the House. But last week, in a 211-to-204 procedural vote, the House refused even to debate the subject,...

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