SHOULD LAND USE PLANNING BE ABOUT FORCING PEOPLE INTO SOMETHING THEY DON’T WANT, FOR THE GREATER GOOD?
I have been trying to ignore all the talk about the “Green New Deal” (acronym GND), but the Antiplanner has an interesting discussion of what it could mean for land use planning. He thinks it will mean a push to increase density of housing, i.e. toward more multi-family and less single-family housing. He also thinks it’s wrong to presume that increased density will result in greater energy efficiency, and presents data supporting his opinion, although he excludes whatever impact greater density might have on energy consumption for transportation.
All of which, for me, begs the question: if I want a single-family house, should I be deprived of that desire for the greater good? On a whole host of issues, it seems like that is what the GND is all about.
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