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Thoughts on Building Strong Towns, Volume III Kindle Edition
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- Publication date : December 6, 2017
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*one by Daniel Herriges explaining the problem of NIMBYism; Herriges points out that the neighbors of new housing might suffer a little from new homes nearby (because of congestion) but actually benefit from development in other neighborhoods just a bit further away, because new residents will be customers for local businesses. Thus, what is rational for each individual neighborhood (opposing new housing) is irrational for the city as a whole. However, Herriges seems to believe that this problem is worse in car-dependent places- something that I very much doubt is true, given the high housing costs of walkable New York and San Francisco.
*Chuck Marohn's essay arguing that traffic stops by police should be replaced by technology-oriented means of enforcing traffic laws. Marohn argues that traffic stops are dangerous both for the police (because the person they stop may be someone perfectly ready to murder them) and for citizens (who risk being shot by trigger-happy police).
*Marohn's essays on infrastructure; he repeatedly argues that some new infrastructure is counterproductive, because the short-term benefits of new growth are canceled out by the long-term costs of maintaining infrastructure. For example, he notes that in Lafayette, La. the amount of sewer pipes per person has increased by a factor of ten since 1949- far ahead of population and real income. (On the other hand, Marohn doesn't supply much evidence that this sort of infrastructure is a huge part of municipal budgets compared to other rapidly rising expenditures, such as pensions for city employees). Roads are even more harmful, because their benefits are reduced not just by the cost of maintenance, but by the cost of traffic delays arising from construction and maintenance, and the debilitation of neighborhoods abandoned when roads encourage population to shift to suburbia.
In the interest of transparency, I am a member of Strong Towns and I volunteered to do some copy editing of this book before it was published for grammar and errors, but I did not write any of it or receive any payment.