Archive for November, 2010

Who Wants a Park?

David Alpert complains that upzoning of lots in NoMa has led to lots of building and he calls the lack of planned parks the result of a government mistake that should be rectified. He concludes: And in the future, all cities and towns should avoid making the same mistake. Libertarian-leaning urbanists like Market Urbanism have […]

The Corner Pub

Matt is right that “nightlife”, like a lot of other industries, often clusters. People like to have options when they go out, and they like going where there are other people around, so watering holes that cluster together often find that they do better than they might outside of a nightlife cluster, despite the impact […]

Another Fine Mess I’ve Gotten Myself Into

Early this year, the wife and I became parents. Having become parents, we found ourselves (or I have found myself; I shouldn’t necessarily implicate the wife in my fretting) stressing out about all the various future situations in which our daughter might be in danger. Car accidents are up there near the top of the […]

High-Speed Rail is Cheap

Like Matt, I love this attack on HSR: Federal taxpayers can’t afford high-speed rail in California or anywhere else. A Cato essay on high-speed rail points out that the cost of California’s HSR could be $81 billion and a national system could cost $1 trillion. Samuelson is right: the Obama administration’s HSR dreams “represent shortsighted, […]

Papers of the Day

My old professor Anthony Venables lays out the filtering argument. In manufacturing cities in China, the urban advantage is related to both the benefits of scale and of diversity.

Of Laws and “Laws”

Readers, I should note that Roger Pielke Jr has commented on the previous post and emailed me to complain that I am misrepresenting the view he presents in his book. In fact, he supports a slowly increasing carbon tax and he thinks there need not be a trade-off between economic growth and the environment. He […]

Growth and Climate

The Economist’s review of Roger Pielke Jr’s new book reads: The dilemma is that policies to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions have so far been singularly unsuccessful. Mr Pielke expresses the essence of this failure as what he calls the “iron law” of climate politics: “When policies focused on economic growth confront policies focused on emissions reduction, […]