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At Alewife, a clash of the natural and the smart
A place to develop or preserve as precious, or both?

Under the tenets of "smart growth," development is steered toward existing urban areas, rather than allowed to leapfrog across the countryside and eat up precious open space. But existing urban areas cherish their open space, too.

See the complete December 14, 2003 article by Anthony Flint on the Boston Globe website.