10434Re: Cheaper to drive their cars to work than take public transport
- Sep 11, 2007I think we can all think of examples of situations where bureaucracy,
stubbornness, or existing policy forces or encourages inefficiency...
- Malls with too many parking spaces because of local ordinances.
Chances are the owner would be happy to develop the land to a higher
FAR, but that's illegal.
- Suburban homes much more affordable than urban homes. Since most
cities won't allow any new non-sprawl development, the supply of urban
homes is kept artificially low, sending prices through the roof. Of
course, the city's blowing all their budget on six-laning I-10 and
US-231 doesn't help either.
That brings up an interesting point with carfree cities. Does anyone
out there know of a carfree area in an at least midsized city (over
100k) that has reasonable property values? One objection I've heard to
carfree/urban living is that it would turn into NYC--not affordable
unless you live in a very small space.
As a reference point, Tallahassee's population is 159k (337k MSA), and
we're paying $1050 monthly for 1800 square feet, a few blocks from
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