Tori Richards: Is Orwell’s 1984 Coming to Rhode Island?

An Obama plan to herd low-income and minority residents into government-funded “growth centers” has hit a snag in Rhode Island, first in seeking to enact such a statewide plan.

In a Nov. 18 letter to the Rhode Island Division of Planning, a bipartisan group of five legislators urged the state not to pass RhodeMap RI, calling the plan “unacceptable and a hijacking of government resources.”

The project is designed to drive residents into more densely packed urban centers where people will live in something they describe in terms usually reserved for Disney’s Epcot — futuristic, clean, prosperous.

Critics say it’s social engineering of the worst sort, something that will destroy local land-use planning while only giving lip-service to green energy and a classless community.


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