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The Not-So-Libertarian Argument For Sprawl

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Oct 26, 2012 01:08 AM
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by Michael Lewyn last modified Oct 25, 2012

In the 1990s, most public argument about suburban expansion was pretty simple. Environmentalists argued that sprawl increased pollution, while their opponents responded by invoking the free market.   Environmentalists and other sprawl critics (including myself) responded that sprawl is the result less of the free market than of  government subsidy and regulation .  Recently I have started to notice hints of a not-so-libertarian argument for sprawl: that pro-sprawl government policies such as highway construction open up real estate for development, and thus make housing affordable.  read more




 

 


 

 

 
 
 

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