Friday, August 21, 2015

The way they draw it up in the huddle

If the huddle is of Public Choice Economists;
Several hundred people packed a Tacoma [WA] meeting room Wednesday, and for more than four hours told the city Planning Commission in no uncertain terms that its ideas for building more types of housing were bad.

Person after person lined up to demand a change to the law that allows six-story buildings in neighborhood business districts. In about equal number, people protested the idea of allowing single-family homes to be turned into duplexes and triplexes, particularly in historic neighborhoods.

The speakers against proposals that would allow more “in-fill development” cited Proctor Station, a six-story retail and apartment complex, as the prime example of what must be avoided.

“I don’t want to see what’s happened to the Proctor District,” said Steve Kamieniecki, a North End resident who opposes other changes, “with a six-story monstrosity that has destroyed the character of that part of town.”
Naturally the (probably far more numerous) people who want to see that type of housing and retail built, so they can live, shop and work there, don't have any input. Unless you count the developers who want to supply what is demanded, as proxies. But they would be outnumbered at the central economic planning fest.

Nice thing about the market; you don't have to waste hours of your time trying to convince a politician, or group of same, that you should be allowed to have what you perceive to be in your own interest. You only have to convince someone that, if they build it, you will come and buy it.

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