Who pays this guy to do what he does? Who reads this stuff? Has he ever worked in a planning office? Has he ever dealt with citizens in a public meeting? Has he ever gotten his butt chewed out by a politician in a public meeting? Has he ever dealt with a state agency as a local planner? Has he ever just gotten out and traveled around a little?
I find his opinions to be just that: Opinions. He's a hack working for a BS "think tank" that exists only to try to knock down planning and regulation. Tying growth management and housing bubbles together is tenuous at best, and fraudulent at worst. Arguing that the world is flat when the evidence shows that it isn't is kind of boring after a while, but he's like the Energizer Bunny in that he just won't stop. Real estate "bubbles," although somewhat in the eye of the beholder, exist in markets that will never see a decent comprehensive plan, such as Mobile, Alabama, and are more a function of many variables other than Smart Growth, comprehensive planning, or whatever O'Toole is paid to construct an argument against. Does anyone really take his garbage seriously?