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City Planning Segregates the Wealthy

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    mrsgeedeck
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    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    Increased resident participation in city planning produces extreme wealth segregation

    “…the wealthy have used the planning process to prevent increased density in their neighborhoods, freezing out lower-income residents who require more modest homes.”

    This sounds more like the suburban method of city planning versus urban planning where increased density is typically encouraged.

    Affordability of new development on the other hand, is a different story.

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    jbcmh81
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    The gist seems to be that city planning commissions should essentially ignore the NIMBYers and build anyway. I can get behind that sentiment so long as we’re talking mixed-income projects. I don’t think anything should be exclusively high or low-income. Unfortunately, almost all projects are.

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    Ned23
    Ned23
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    There is the low-hanging fruit axiom which says that businesses will go for the high-margin businesses first. No reason why this wouldn’t apply to infill. As long as there is demand for expensive infill the developers will build that. Once that market matures then we may see lower margin proposals.

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    stein
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    “…the wealthy have used the planning process to prevent increased density in their neighborhoods, freezing out lower-income residents who require more modest homes.”

    This sounds more like the suburban method of city planning versus urban planning where increased density is typically encouraged.

    Affordability of new development on the other hand, is a different story.

    Urban wealthy are probably just as effective at minimizing density, they just go about it in different ways. Suburbs (tend to) build in code requirements to make sure that the only developments that happen are large single family houses that preclude density. In urban areas, local government bodies are usually tolerant/encouraging of increased density but current homeowners fight against increased density through zoning boards, neighborhood associations, and historical commissions under the guise of trying to preserve the look/feel of the neighborhood. Oh, and parking. Always parking.

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