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  •  I just don't believe (3+ / 0-)
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    Captain Sham, AnnCetera, Virginia mom

    that adding land use regulations in the city will help.  It only means more mandated parking, fewer apartments, and much more expensive apartments.  If you say, "I will only build short Rem Koolhaas buildings with an underground garage and at least 2000 square feet per apartment," your neighborhood won't get more vibrant.

    In my neighborhood in Philly, there are practically empty condo towers where the cheapest thing costs more than a really nice house a block away.  Some of this is clearly on the developers, but some is just on the various committees that restrict what can be built to keep prices high.  They all got greedy, leading to a fiasco.

    •  I'm right there with you! (2+ / 0-)
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      theran, AnnCetera

      The effort should be improving land use regulations. A hard pill for many to swallow, unfortunately.

      Sometimes I sits and I thinks; sometimes I just sits. - Archy

      by Captain Sham on Fri Jan 07, 2011 at 08:28:54 AM PST

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      •  The irony (0+ / 0-)

        is that the Village was created without heavy restrictions.  Freezing it in time goes against the original concept.  The city, in its classic sense, is the geography of capitalism.  Suburbia is what needs heavy restrictions to come into existence.

        Put another way: Jane Jacobs was defending something that came from, essentially, an unstructured process.  Robert Moses wanted very strict land-use regulations.

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