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About The American Dream Coalition
Why We Defend the American Dream
The American dream of freedom, mobility, and affordable homeownership
has produced enormous benefits for Americans:
Homeownership -- More than 80 percent of Americans say their ideal
home is a single-family house with a yard. Homes are one of the best
investments a young family can make. The most important source of funds
for new businesses in the U.S. is mortgages on the business owner's
Mobility -- Automobiles give Americans access to better and higher
paying jobs, lower-cost consumer goods, rapid-response emergency services,
distant friends and relatives, and all sorts of recreation opportunities.
Freedom -- According to the Heritage Foundation's 2002 Index of Economic
Freedom, nations that protect property rights and other forms of economic
freedom have per capita incomes at least six times greater than nations
will little or no economic freedom. Higher incomes mean higher environmental
quality as well.
Despite these benefits, this dream is being challenged by a new planning
doctrine known as smart growth, which calls for dense urban development,
restrictions on rural development, rail transit boondoggles, and barriers
to auto driving. Despite its attractive name, smart growth is one of
the greatest threats to American mobility, affordable housing, and freedom
Homeownership -- Smart growth's urban-growth boundaries and regulation
of home construction make housing unaffordable to most families. Housing
in San Jose, Portland, and other smart-growth cities is far less affordable
than housing in Las Vegas, Phoenix, and other less-regulated cities.
Mobility -- Though traffic congestion costs Americans more than $60
billion a year, smart growth actually seeks to increase congestion
in order to discourage people from driving.
Freedom -- Smart growth requires draconian restrictions on property
owners and businesses. Limits on rural development, minimum-density
zoning in urban areas, and strict rules for retailers and other businesses
all impede economic freedom and increase costs to homebuyers and consumers.
Each year, at the annual meeting of the American Dream Coalition, members elect an executive committee to oversee the month-to-month operations of the organization. The current executive committee includes:
- ArLyne Diamond
- Bruce Nurse
- Craig Flynn
- Darlene Pifalo
- Jim Horn
- Jim Karlock
- Kathleen Calongne
- Lowell Grattan
- Randal O'Toole
- Sam Staley
- Tom Rubin
The American Dream Coalition's executive director is Ed Brady and its assistant director is Kathleen Calongne.
Invitation to Join
You can join the Coalition using the on-line membership
form. You may also download and print out a membership
brochure (296 KB PDF).