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Smaller misc items and some of my recent Opportunity Urbanist posts:
- In catching up with my badly backlogged newsfeeds, I found several items on the Antiplanner of interest:
- A ranking of states by both personal and economic freedom, where Texas scored very highly on both.
- A developer claims that Houston is too competitive and, despite our reputation, is not actually all that "developer friendly" because of the difficulty of making profits in such a competitive environment. In most other cities, substantial regulations create "barriers to entry" that limit developers to a small oligopoly with the resources to push through the regulations, and the lack of competition substantially boosts their profits
- How the 'Prius Effect' undermines the environmental case for light rail
- AP/Cato and Glaeser sum up the problem with high-speed rail: the costs are more than double the benefits even with generous assumptions. Hat tip to Barry.
“When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion--when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing--when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors--when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you--when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice--you may know that your society is doomed.”
And here are some recent posts on my Opportunity Urbanist blog over at the Chronicle:
Have a great weekend.
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