Mitt Romney Attacked Houston For Poor Zoning

He couldn’t find the town center.

Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum is attempting to salvage his teetering campaign in an effort to survive until what his campaign perceives as friendlier primary contests in May. If Santorum can win his home state of Pennsylvania, the campaign will turn to Texas, where the winner stands to gain 152 delegates.

Santorum’s campaign may want to remind Texas voters of a forgotten Romney slight highlighted in this 2004 article, in the libertarian Reason Magazine.

In efforts to garner support for his own urban planning proposals, the former Massachusetts Governor hit the city of Houston as example of poor zoning calling the city an “eyeful.”

Just this February, Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney had the opportunity to visit Houston for Superbowl XXXVIII. Later, in he was quoted in the Boston Globe describing the experience as a “eyeful,” saying that Houston was a negative example of “what happens when you don’t have zoning.”

He then clarified, “We don’t want to see strip mall after strip mall. We want to see lovely town centers and villages.”

Apparently, Romney decided to run with this characterization. In a speech given in Littleton in early April, he again mocked Houston’s planning policies, noting that during the course of his visit, “I couldn’t find the town center.”

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