Re: [carfree_cities] Re: Status Anxiety
>At $200,000 for a 1000 sf, 2 BR condo, are we assuming a very high qualityThat would be nice. Fire sprinklers are required in all new construction
>here? I'd hope that we're talking about a 2-4 story buildings with fire
>exteriors (I don't care if it's brick, cinder block, or stucco--diverse
>sidings would actually
>be nice), concrete separating all units (walls, floors, and ceilings),
>doors in steel frames, and mortise locks (as opposed to putting a new $15
>deadbolt on the door every time it changes hands).
here, and standards for energy conservation are high, but alas, there's a
huge local disincentive to much masonry construction: earthquake
codes. These make even simple concrete block construction quite a bit more
expensive than wood. Nonetheless, when I acquire my own little patch of
dirt, I fully intend to build as you've described.
>I'd hope that any buildings in a carfreeYes. Here's a proven way to provide affordable, dense, urban
>area would be built to last 200 years or more.
housing: build structures that are still habitable, serviceable, highly
desirable for several generations of users, long after the high costs of
new construction have been paid (Jane Jacobs covered this well).
In The Baltimore Rowhouse, an interesting review of nineteenth century land
lease laws describes how developers were more willing to spend money on
solid construction and elaborate ornamentation of some rowhouses there, in
order to maximize the ongoing land rents they could expect.
>If we build carfree areas large enough to accomodate the demans, pricingYep. It couldn't possibly be worse anywhere than here, where so-called
>should drop. I
>feel that the reason "urban" property is so expensive is that, in many
>areas, it's illegal to
>expand urban areas--the law requires sprawl. Thus, even if relatively few
>people WANT to
>live downtown, they're still battling over a limited supply, since
>development code has put
>the stop on any new development like it.
progressives conflate environmentalism with "no-growth".