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Marginal Revolution: How much will denser suburbs help the environment?
"In other words, the environmental benefits of checking pro-suburb subsidies are real, but they are smaller than many people think. That's from the National Academy of Sciences and the authors are no haters of the environment. If you check out p.59, you'll see that a forty percent increase in population density decreases vehicle miles traveled by less than five percent. pp.131-132 offer a summary of the study's conclusions and quantitative estimates".
suburbs  environmentalism  cowen  sidebar 
september 2009 by HispanicPundit
Marginal Revolution: How much did highways really matter for suburbanization?
"The simple broad narrative is that, by and large, suburban living expanded throughout the twentieth century. Around the world, as incomes rise, people choose the mobility of the automobile; they overwhelmingly prefer the range and choice of personal transportation. As they choose automobility, origins and destinations disperse; and as these disperse, the attraction of the auto grows. It is a self-reinforcing cycle that is facilitated by better highways. But as with most public sector infrastructure developments, these usually follow rather than lead."
suburbs  cowen  sidebar 
september 2009 by HispanicPundit
Is Suburban America the Product of Regulation?, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
"The American government does some things that encourage suburbia, but the net effect of government on suburbia is unclear".
suburbs  capitalism  zoning  europe  usa  yglesias  caplan  sidebar 
september 2009 by HispanicPundit

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