August 2, 2010 — Financial Times — The economic slowdown in the US has increased potential support for new superstores, hospitals and even power plants, according to an annual survey of public attitudes towards big local land projects. Sixty-eight percent 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 percent 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.

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