In Charlottesville, Virginia, there’s been an ongoing debate about the best ways to grow and expand as a city. Now, various officials are squaring off in presenting different ideas and plans for helping C’Ville to become a bigger local economy and a better place to live.
In an article in the Daily Progress, reports took a look at some of the back and forth between Tom Olivier, president of Advocates for a Sustainable Albemarle Population and Timothy Hulbert, president of the local Chamber of Commerce.
Olivier pointed out the limitations of a free market in helping to protect the local community during growth processes. Conceding that the free market does have some value in growing services and business, Olivier mentioned issues like the environment or public health and sustainability.
“There is no indication that the free market encourages neither treating everyone equally nor the conservation of scarce resources.” Olivier said, according to reports.
Hulbert decried building regulations and other restrictions that he says are getting in the way of Charlottesville’s growth. Primarily, Hulbert mentioned cost in development and cost in housing, which he said is partially driven by increasing government regulation.
“There are challenges created by growth,” Hulbert said, “but they are far easier to deal with than the challenges created by stasis or economic decline.”
The two officials did agree that public health and safety is a primary priority and that overcrowding the community would not be a good solution.
Regardless of the local officials’ take on growth, they will need to factor in the very crucial role of common-sense safety regulations in all industries within the local economy. People such as first responders and personal injury lawyers understand what some officials don’t — cutting corners on safety never turns a profit and leaves some of the communities most vulnerable citizens suffering.
Injury attorneys realize this every day when they speak with clients who have suffered from someone else’s mistakes, negligence or inattention to public safety where safety precautions either didn’t exist or were not followed.
A safer community is in everyone’s best interests and until everyone gets on board in promoting higher standards for public health and safety, injury lawyers will continue to advocate for their clients and make sure that third parties pay their fair share and provide for the cost of care and recovery after an injury. This is just part of what legal counsel does for a family battling the impact of a tragic accident.
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