Comment 28553

By LL (registered) - website | Posted February 09, 2009 at 13:23:50

Even the most hardnosed economist would have to conclude that there is pent-up demand for living in areas where - as Ryan put it - urban amenities are available: transit, walkability, culture, etc.

You would think that more developers would capitalize by building new developments in the "new urbanist" fashion or concentrate on reforming inner suburbs, thus responding to what the consumers want.

Unfortunately, it's much cheaper for them to leverage municipalities into subsidizing ticky-tack greenfield developments. The only solution is for "consumers" (citizens) to get what they want is to organize politically. If action is limited to the individual level, it will never happen.

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