Comment 25622

By jason (registered) | Posted June 21, 2008 at 12:40:47

free market???

Suburbia will likely end up being the biggest social program in the history of Western civilization. It would have had absolutely zero chance of existing if not for massive investments by government in all the required, sprawled-out infrastructure. Urban residents continue to subsidize sprawl at an alarming rate in our society. A true free market would result in neighbourhoods like Westdale being the norm - mixed use, close to everything a person needs, with a range of housing for all income levels. Not just from a consumers perspective, but from the perspective of the builders, who would be looking to maximize the use of their land in a free market instead of having government subsidize all their wasted land and expensive infrastructure like they currently do.

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