Debbie M asks:
On the topic of how cities can deal with growth, do you recommend a book or other resource that discusses studies of various approaches and the benefits and bad side affects involved? Like I know that rent control in NYC inspired people to never move and landlords to never fix anything.
Sadly, my city keeps growing, but we still think of ourselves as a town and everyone wants their own yard. City Council is trying to develop a new city plan, but residents fear that increasing urban density will just make parking and traffic worse. Also when people are looking to build new high-density stuff, they want to start with the cheapest plots they can find–and there goes all our affordable housing. We definitely have a long history of segregating residences from stuff to do, and that leads to a reliance on cars. Anyway, I’m sure some ideas are better than others, right?
I have actually seen talks by TWO people who have written books on this very topic. Though I haven’t read said books (*cough*). Kent Portney and Matthew Kahn are leaders in this field. My colleagues in political science say that each of these books was ground-breaking in the field of Poli Sci. They definitely each give a great seminar, so I suspect their writing is also excellent.
#2 recently read The New Geography of Jobs by Enrico Moretti. It’s slightly off to the side of this question, but it’s the only contribution I have. It was a fast read and kind of interesting. Obama read it! (Oh hey, #1 saw a presentation on this one too!)