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Here in the Bay Area, “growth” has a very literal meaning. We have a growing population and – especially in San Francisco – limited space. This fact spurs questions about the type of growth we will see and whether there will be a suburban sprawl. Others wonder about the increase of condos, strip malls and big box stores.

Many development experts argue that not all growth is good for a given place. Instead of just “growth,” they say we should be aiming for “smart growth.”