Thursday, May 30, 2024

Mayor Whitmire's HPD opportunity, Chicago's debt warning for Houston, Strong Towns takedown, 15-min city economics don't work, and more

 Backlog of smaller items this week:

"The economics of the 15-minute city don’t really work...

What hasn’t been said is that the economics of 15-minute city planning go against foundational principles of how urban markets function.... 

Employment markets are even less localized. The very raison d’etre of cities is as a vehicle for labor pooling and sharing — this cannot happen effectively at the neighborhood scale. Setting up an expectation where people live within 15 minutes of their place of work will at best result in bad matches between workers and jobs, and at worst no matches." 

  • Bill King: Over 90% Of U.S. Population Growth Last Year Occurred Outside Of Largest Cities
  • Arpit Gupta's "Contra Strong Towns" critique focuses on challenging the Strong Towns movement's assertion that suburban growth operates as a "Ponzi scheme." Gupta argues that the evidence does not support the claim that suburban development is inherently financially unsustainable. He emphasizes the need for rigorous accounting and empirical data to substantiate such arguments, which he finds lacking in Strong Towns' narrative. Hat tip to Zoabe.
  • Antiplanner: "But today’s density policies depress fertility rates and the anti-immigration movement make it more difficult to compensate for those policies. Fortunately, some are getting the message that “maybe we should rethink” YIMBYism."
    • Twitter: "There's a growing consensus on YIMBY Twitter that we need to build a lot of new high density housing in the biggest cities. Maybe we should rethink that idea." Or go with the Houston free-market model: allow lots of high-density housing in the core for those that want it (typically non-families) as well as plenty of low-density suburban housing for those that prefer that (typically families). Best of both worlds. 

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At 6:54 PM, May 30, 2024, Blogger George Rogers said...

Broken Windows: Good.


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