I didn’t find the recent comments by Mayor DeBlasio of New York City myself, and I’m not going to go as far in interpreting them as the commentators whose posts alerted me to their existence. I’m just going to say that they reflect an approach to land use planning that may have its adherents, but I believe is pretty far out of the mainstream.
The comments I’m talking about are in a New York Magazine interview, in his response to a question about income inequality. He’s essentially saying that the rights of a property owner to use his or her property as he or she sees fit should be completely subordinate to land use decisions by the city government. In his own words, he says he “would like to have the city government be able to determine which building goes where, how high it will be, who gets to live in it, what the rent will be.”
He does acknowledge that the approach he favors is inconsistent with our system of private property rights.
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