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Does Changing the Use of Land Always Make Sense?

Once upon a time a piece of land, in today's Georgia, was the place where General James Oglethorpe smoked a peace pipe with the Cherokee. Later, that same land became a horticultural paradise. Today it's where the world's best golfers compete at The Master's.

As years—and centuries—pass by, the use of land changes. How do we decide what land-use is best? Should it be a collective decision made by the community's residents, or should developers have the right to decide?

If developers are allowed to make land-use changes, should those efforts be regulated? How?

Are there certain places where growing flowers just has to continue? Why, or why not? Would you say that Augusta's National Golf Club is such a place?


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