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Britain’s Soviet Planning System,
Don Riley, Libertarian Alliance, 2000 (pdf). 
How planning, stuffs up the building profession, lowers quality and leads to hoarding of building and land.

Why Dallas houses are sanely priced while LA (and London) houses are not
Brian Micklethwait, Samizdata, 12 October 2007.
Well, that’s down to planning.  But more interestingly, he links to Virginia Postrel who notes that by pricing out the middle classes we are beginning to see a cultural split in the US.  We already know it as the Red State/Blue State divide but it would appear that it is about to get a whole load worse.

Reports

Debunking Portland: The City That Doesn’t Work,
Randal O’Toole, Cato Institute Policy Analysis 596, 9 July 2007.
Argues that Portland, Oregon’s much-vaunted planning has been a failure. 
(Hat-tip Peter Gordon).

Videos

The End of Affordability
Save Our Suburbs, 2007
Get this, they’ve put a stop to urban expansion in Australia.  Australia, for heaven’s sake.  Oh and it puts up house prices, and even manages to use up more energy. (Via From the Heartland)

Factettes

People would rather use the car even when stations are built nearby.
Peter Gordon, 30 July 2007.

The UK is not crowded
Brian Micklethwait, 6 November 2007.
Very little of the UK is built up.

Our green and pleasant land
Association of British Drivers, 2002?  No author credited.
Britain is still very green.  Maps are misleading.

Zoning without zoning,
Michael Lewyn, Planetizen, 24 November 2003.
Suggests, in passing, that it is the state itself that has created a lot of America’s so-called sprawl.
(Via The Transportationist)

Opposition Stuff

A success we should build on,
David Levinson, The Transportationist 10 June 2007
Argues that we have a right to “access to the countryside”.  I think this is drivel but it deserves a proper response.

My Stuff

Against Planning,
Insta-Patrick, 8 October 2006.

Created on: 30 July 2007
Last updated: 30 November 2011

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