9936A pro-sprawl screed
- May 31, 2006Hi --
My son (Masters in Public Policy last weekend I'll have you know)
forwarded me this pro-sprawl screed:
Its major claim is that anti-sprawl legislation interferes with the
majority's "pursuit of happiness" to live in the ways they choose.
My major critique is that many people who drive an hour or more from
their suburban homes to work each day would *choose* denser and closer
settings if they could. It is the perverse incentives created by
institutional features such as deciding zoning and housing
restrictions locally that drive much of sprawl. Local residents profit
by keeping out all but the richest prospective neighbors, creating
what this engineer calls "local optimization" -- the optimum benefit
for the current residents, but tremendously bad for the metropolitan
area as a whole.
I'm sure people on the list who care to read it will think of others.
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