Although officials in Salt Lake City and Milwaukee both claim to be concerned about sprawl, Utah is using federal funds for a huge highway expansion around its capital city while Milwaukee is using federal money to tear down a half-built highway as a step toward revitalizing the old center of town. The feds are offering states and cities $162 billion over the next five years for building, expanding, and maintaining roads, an amount which dwarfs the $700 million in tax credits that the Clinton administration wants to give for the preservation of open space.

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