Planning

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    Harvey, Houston, and Land Development Transparency

    As the debate rages on–and it will for the foreseeable future–John Jacobs, a professor of watershed management at Texas A&M University admits that “almost all of the flooding in Houston is the result of poor development decisions.” But, he goes on to note that transparency, not regulation, would fix the…
    Kory Swanson, September 12, 2017
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    Generational change

    You should know Stancho. I met Stancho this morning. He lived the first two decades of his life in communist Bulgaria, then another ten or fifteen years there as the country tried to become a liberal democracy with a market economy. He came to North Carolina about a dozen years ago. Stancho…
    Joseph Coletti, August 18, 2017
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    Stadiums are liabilities

    Julie Tisdale, in her newest report on competing bids to bring Major League Soccer to North Carolina,  highlights one of the big mistakes people make when considering buildings, roads, and other infrastructure. Usually, under publicly funded stadium plans across the country, the city or county retains ownership of the…
    Joseph Coletti, August 4, 2017
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    Mercatus: Some people like rural living. It’s no surprise to our Julie Tisdale.

    Some people still choose rural life over urban amenities despite the existence of urban amenities. So trying to make public policies change their minds obviously won't work.
    Jon Sanders, June 19, 2017
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    Fight the Myth of Fair Trade

    As Barron’s editorial page editor Thomas Donlan notes in his March 6 editorial: “Fair trade” is never fair, because it always means that the deadening thumb of government has to adjust the scales of commerce in favor of domestic businesses that can’t succeed any other way.
    Kory Swanson, March 16, 2017
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    Obama’s strained relationship with the truth

    Scott Johnson of the Power Line blog assesses President Obama’s popular practice of prevarication. By just about everyone’s reckoning, the so-called signature achievements of the Obama years are the enactment of Obamacare and the Iran nuclear deal. They have a lot in common. Both…
    Mitch Kokai, January 2, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online on taxes, bonds, and other interesting issues that will be decided in local elections across North Carolina. Julie Tisdale’s Daily Journal explains why Raleigh’s city planning priorities are responsible for a downtown development that has attracted criticism.
    Mitch Kokai, September 22, 2016
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    ‘Drunk Town’ campaign latest instance of central planning confusion

    If you live near the Triangle and watch commercial television (or subscribe to the News & Observer), you’ve probably noticed the rather comical “drunk town” commercials and print ads orchestrated by Democratic political pollster Dean Debnam (co-founder of Public Policy Polling) attacking candidates for City Council who want downtown Raleigh…
    Rick Henderson, October 4, 2015