Instead of pursuing grown for growth's sake, local governments need to pursue growth that is financially productive, places that generate more revenue than overall expense. It is no coincidence that, as we study the Piedmont Region, we find that the places built in the historic development pattern fit this objective while those shiny, new places we think of as “growth” don’t quite measure up. These insights are valuable data to policy makers and the public when they are trying to understand why the current approach is not working and then develop strategies that do.
All of the cities we studied are blessed with areas that are financially strong and productive. These places form the foundation of a healthy, prosperous and productive Piedmont.