Planning (page 15)

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    Is “smart growth” conservative?

    This post on the Next American City site argues yes.  Below is my post indicating my objections. There is a grain of truth in your argument that smart growth is consistent with conservative principles, but just a tiny grain. Deregulating land use by letting individuals implement their plans for…
    Michael Sanera, June 7, 2012
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    The Road to Serfdom: A Lesson for Greece and America

    From Cafe Hayek: Here’s a letter to the Wall Street Journal: Few diagnoses of the eurozone’s woes are as compelling as that offered today by David Malpass (“Greece’s False Austerity“).  Key is this line: “Europe’s battle comes down to government-guaranteed wages and benefits versus labor flexibility.  Europe’s failing…
    Michael Sanera, May 25, 2012
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    Losing money is no crime

    Cafe Hayek’s Quotation of the Day: … is from Jonathan Macey’s fine essay in today’s Wall Street Journal – an essay whose title, “Losing Money Isn’t a Crime,” is spot-on correct and germane: The real lesson of what J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon has called the bank’s “egregious…
    Michael Sanera, May 16, 2012
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    Brookings report on schools and zoning

    Jonathan Rothwell of the Brookings Institution just published a new report, “Housing Costs, Zoning, and Access to High-Scoring Schools.”  Education reporter Keung Hui wrote a clear and balanced story on the Brookings report in today’s News & Observer. Let’s get a few things out into the open.  Like all…
    Terry Stoops, April 19, 2012
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    That’s it for The Mint

    Triangle Business Journal reports that The Mint – a heavily subsidized and seldom patronized restaurant in downtown Raleigh – will close.  The white tablecloth establishment opened in January 2008. Mayor Charles Meeker and his allies in Raleigh city government gave The Mint every possible advantage – from a…
    Terry Stoops, April 10, 2012
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    Planner Ethics: another oxymoron?

    Last night I made a presentation to the Wendell town commissioners about the JLF’s “Review of the Wake County Transit Report.”  Before the meeting, I had a pleasant conservation with the Wendell city manager, Teresa Piner.  She was interested in my previously published comments about the Raleigh food truck…
    Michael Sanera, March 27, 2012
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    Remembering Whittaker Chambers

    Whittaker Chambers captured the essence of the intellectual appeal of communism better than anyone in the Cold War era.  His 1954 book, Witness, had a powerful influence on me. The intellectual attraction of a utopian world is still strong in the left today, environmentalism, smart growth, sustainability.  Thomas Sowell traces…
    Michael Sanera, March 2, 2012
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    Helping the poor is not intuitive

    From the Bleeding Heart Libertarian blog, Matt Zwolinsky has an interesting note about how our intuitions on how to help the poor are not reliable when trying to develop public policy measures.
    Kory Swanson, February 29, 2012