Financial Times reports Saint Index: Opposition fades to big US land projects

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The Financial Times, reporting the findings of the 2010 US Saint Index, noted that the US economic slowdown has increased potential local support for new superstores, hospitals and even power plants.

The report, written by Jonathan Birchall in New York, finds that 68 per cent of 1,000 adults surveyed in June by Saint Consulting, which specialises in land use approval politics, said they were more likely to support projects in their home towns because of the economy – up from 59 per cent last year.

The fifth annual Saint Index found levels of potential support increased both for more popular local projects such as grocery stores and hospitals and the most unpopular, such as quarries, landfill sites and casinos.

Click here for Financial Times online story (requires registration). PDF:  FT1Aug2010.

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