Kaid Benfield Archive


An excellent choice: John Frece to head EPA's smart growth office

Kaid Benfield

Posted March 13, 2009 at 8:10PM

, , , ,

John Frece (cropped from original by Jed Kirschbaum)I'm biased, because he is a longtime professional friend, but I think the Obama administration made a great choice in appointing the University of Maryland's John Frece as the new head of the US EPA's Smart Growth Office

For the past few years, John has been associate director of the University's National Smart Growth Center.  Before that, he was former Maryland governor Parris Glendening's right-hand man on Glendening's signature issue, smart growth.  He began his career as a journalist and is the author of Sprawl & Politics: The Inside Story of Smart Growth in Maryland and co-author of an autobiography of former Maryland Gov. Harry Hughes.

John intends to work to place smart growth within the climate change frame with the Obama administration.  He will be terrific.  For more, see Tim Wheeler's blog on the Baltimore Sun's website.