Where Growth Management Is … and Is Not
According to the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University, “Northern Virginia has been outperforming suburban Maryland in the generation of jobs.”
“On a population base they’re relatively equal, on a jobs base they’re very unequal,” says CRA director Stephen Fuller.
“Northern Virginia is just way out there. It has over 30,000 new jobs in the last year, where suburban Maryland is running about 1,500.”
Among the attributes for Virginia are a better transportation system, lower regulatory hurdles, and fewer coercive environmental regulations. One notable distinction between these states is that Maryland is a growth management state and Virginia is not. Maryland practices Smart Growth and Virginia does not (though some of its local governments have adopted elements of Smart Growth). Maryland’s embrace of Smart Growth has depressed its job market.