Fighting development and population growth with zoning laws is like building a sand castle to keep out the tide.
The world is over populating itself, our country included. Saying we won’t build more homes to preserve desire able neighborhoods ignores the demographic reality. The US will have a third more people by 2050, another 100 million people. Where should we put them?
Cities can either plan for the growth a benefit or pretend you can keep the hordes at bay and suffer the consequences. NIMBYism doesn’t work and this study shows it exacerbates inequality too.
A growing body of economic literature suggests that anti-growth sentiment, when multiplied across countless unheralded local development battles, is a major factor in creating a stagnant and less equal American economy.
“We don’t need one more job in Boulder,” Mr. Pomerance said. “We don’t need to grow anymore. Go somewhere else where they need you.”
How Anti-Growth Sentiment, Reflected in Zoning Laws, Thwarts Equality http://nyti.ms/29rPY6w