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Length: 90 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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If you ask people where they'd most like to live, many would name New York City or San Francisco--big cities with the best shows, the best restaurants, the best job prospects, and the highest levels of worker productivity. So why have those cities been losing population to cities with less of everything? With accessible examples and abundant statistics to back up his claims, Ryan Avent--the economics correspondent of The Economist--shows how high housing rates in these cities have driven people away and reduced not only productivity, but also creativity and opportunity. His solution is simple: let more people in by creating more housing, thus lowering housing rates and making them affordable again. He doesn't suggest giving developers free reign in city parks; instead, he advocates innovative changes to zoning laws, and an understanding that adding housing in cities brings with it more benefits than costs. --Malissa Kent

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  • File Size: 459 KB
  • Print Length: 90 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: August 31, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005KGATLO
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For the greater part of this longer-than-usual Kindle Single, the author repeats and reframes his central thesis which I think he most concisely expresses towards the end: "The cost of housing in places like San Francisco and New York reflects one very clear, striking fact - there are many, many Americans that would love to live in places where they would be more productive and less of a contributor to climate change, if oly the locals would allow markets to respond to housing demands."

Using a series of examples, the argument is put forth that dense cities are good for both human and economic progress, that market forces should be allowed to work, and that NIMBY instincts are ultimately counter-productive. In the short section presenting possible solutions, the author highlights strengthening urban property rights, building "alternative downtowns", and compromising with anti-development forces by offering new connections to mass transit systems.

This is a sensible persuasive piece, the kind of compassionate libertarianism you might expect to read on a particularly good blog. It would have been improved if the author had gotten to the point a bit faster, but it is an argument worth considering.
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This is the book I wished I could write. Avent aggregates phenomena occurring in local neighborhoods around the country and connects this to declining national productivity vis-a-vis high housing prices in high-wage cities and the sunbelt's growth-fueled growth. The core argument, that NIMBYISM is destroying America, is well-developed. Rational actors in communities across America seek to minimize property risk and protect their neighborhoods by reducing the density of new projects or preventing them entirely. This leads to sub-optimal location decisions for many new residents, who locate in exurban greenfield development or leave regions altogether.

Avent presents transit-oriented-development as a uniquely American solution to combat the effects of NIMBYISM. The pamphlet is concise and Avent focuses on his core argument. Thus, he only touches on how transit-oriented-development can mitigate the negative impacts associated with higher densities. I was left longing for more of Avent's prose focused on strategies to address NIMBYISM and combat its effects on non-incumbent households and national productivity.
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Avent's new book is a must read for anyone interested in urban affairs, land use policy, or just how public policy can have an impact on the growth rate of the economy. Avent makes a compelling argument that growing sectors of the economy aren't adding new jobs because of the effect of local land use policies on the cost and availability of labor in the metropolitan areas where firms in these sectors locate. His use of the agglomeration economics literature to show the costs of zoning policy is both engaging and masterful. This book is sure to be cited both in popular discussion about zoning and in scholarly debate on the long-term effect land use policies have on the economy. And it's a really engaging and fun read. -- David Schleicher, Associate Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
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I liked parts of this book but have some issues with it. I thought it provided a very good description of the benefits of industry clusters and the benefits of density. In the past I have found it difficult to find decent information on the benefits of industry clusters, so I am glad I read this and the book, and primarily on that basis, it was worth my time. Nonetheless, I did have several issues with contents.

I thought the book underappreciated the fact that there are significant negative externalities associated with high density and urban development. The book mentions that congestion is a problem, and a city at some point will become inefficiently large but hardly focuses on this. I think the costs of congestion are of great relevance to the book. It's a major problem with higher density, and of course developers don't account for the externalities (including higher congestion) they are imposing on society by building dense, something the book may do well to appreciate.

The author suggested that if residents wanted to prevent a development, they should be required to buy the land or pay (bribe) the developer to comply (with changes to the development). In my view that's completely impractical and inefficient. Who has the capacity to buy a block of land simply because they don't like the proposed development? What about the transaction and holding costs? Developments have very real externalities. How would you feel if someone wanted to build a pink factory next to you, which runs 24 hours a day, with smoke and noise permeating through your backyard and the Government said to you, if you don't like it just buy the land or bribe the factory owners into building something better.
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This single takes on current urban planning procedures and explains and expounds on why they fail, and then what we can do about it. As a student of geography and urban planning, I enjoyed and feel educated by this book.
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