Despite its ridiculously biased opening sentence ("Fairfax County residents will have a harder time finding a free parking space in some neighborhoods if transportation planners get their way"), the Washington Post actually has a relatively informative article on potential new parking maximums in … [Read more...]
The mirage of revealed preferences
I often hear from libertarian-inclined defenders of the suburban status quo that the fact that American is so overwhelmingly suburban is proof that it's what Americans want. Economists call this "revealed preference," but it could also be understood as voting with your feet and wallet. People have … [Read more...]
Hard Truths About Why Conservatives and Libertarians Hate Urbanism
It's no secret that conservatives and libertarians don't have very warm feelings towards urbanism. But with their emphasis on upzoning and reducing parking minimums, shouldn't new urbanism and smart growth have at least some libertarian constituency? And given that local roads are paid for almost … [Read more...]
Why does the Infrastructurist hate libertarians so much?
by Stephen SmithAmong urban planners, libertarianism gets a pretty bad rap. Melissa Lafsky at the Infrastructurist goes so far as to call libertarianism "an enemy of infrastructure," and dismisses entirely the idea that private industry can build infrastructure with a single hyperlink – to a … [Read more...]