About ADC

  • 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 businessowner’s
      homes.
    • 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
    today.

    • 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.

    Invitation to Join

    The Coalition is currently seeking members and pledges of support. Membership
    fees range from $25 for individuals to $250 for full group membership.
    We also encourage people to pledge additional support. The Coalition
    has been given a challenge grant, so every $2 you contribute will be
    joined by $1 in additional funds.

    You can join the Coalition using the on-line membership
    form
    . You may also download and print out a membership
    brochure
    (296 KB pdf). More information about member groups can
    be found in these links.

    Coalition Governance

    As described in the Coalition’s by laws, the
    Coalition is overseen by a steering committee made up of representatives
    of all full group members as well as people elected by individual members.
    An executive committee is elected by the steering committee
    to oversee month-to-month operations.