1. This week at Market Urbansim:
Preservation At The Expense Of Liberty by Sandy Ikeda
Using political power to preserve any cherished way of life — trying to stay the uncertain dynamic that washes through social institutions, norms, and conventions — is not only futile but ultimately destructive of liberty. That goes for preserving a historic community as much as preserving current marriage practices; keeping the natural environment pristine as much as maintaining age-old religious practices; or freezing a particular income distribution as much as insisting on keeping certain “undesirables” outside our borders.
2. Where’s Scott?
After flying back from San Antonio, where he gave a speech, Scott Beyer relocated to Glendale, a nearby suburb of Los Angeles. This morning he was the feature cover story (paywall) for the San Antonio Business Journal, which described his cross-country trip and upcoming economic report on the city.
3. At the Market Urbanism Facebook Group:
Emily Hamilton published an op-ed about her new Mercatus research on smart cities, privacy, and transparency. “Not all smart city innovations are so benign. City governments increasingly have the ability to collect and use their residents’ data.”
Bjorn Swenson asks “what’s the Market Urbanism strategy going to be under the Trump administration?”
Bjorn Swenson writes a post reflecting on the election considering the disconnection of transportation between the rust belt and coastal areas
Michael Hamilton spotted a California NIMBY billboard in his feed
Ahmed Shaker asks, “Is what he (Robin Hanson) says about high-rises being less expensive to construct true?”: Why Aren’t Cities Taller?
via Rocco Fama: Does New York need another Robert Moses?
via Adam Hengels: While You Weren’t Looking, Donald Trump Released a Plan to Privatize America’s Roads and Bridges
via John Morris: The Ghost Tenants of New York City “People underestimate the role informal, “black markets” play in providing housing in severe shortage areas.”
via Krishan Madan: Uber for Construction Equipment: Getable app lets contractors rent across vendors, manage owned and rented machines
via Krishan Madan: Did California Zoning Cause the Trump Win?
via Krishan Madan, could Peter Thiel advising Trump help break zoning?
NYT on Why Republicans Don’t Even Try to Win Cities Anymore
City Journal on the attempts of GOP candidates to reengage cities at the municipal level (article and podcast)
Scott noticed when entering Glendale last night an extremely strong immigrant presence. After doing a quick google search, he found out it’s the Armenian-American capital of the U.S.
5. Stephen Smith‘s tweet of the week:
Whelp, it’s official: Donald Trump bought New York with infrastructure spending. Andrew Cuomo turns collaborator… https://t.co/mcmAuGvsYY pic.twitter.com/F39PlBCadq
— Market Urbanism (@MarketUrbanism) November 10, 2016