There's been a lot of recent discussion of how zoning restrictions lead to higher housing prices. It's less often noted that NIMBYism also helps to explain the mediocre quality of American infrastructure. For instance, NIMBYism explains why there is no high-speed rail service between Boston and Washington DC. I recently tried to book a flight from Orange County to Austin, and could not find any non-stop flights on the days I will be traveling. (Frontier has three flights a week;...
A story in the outgoing issue of The Economist, “Gary Johnson for Liberty” (September 3, 2018), describes a political meeting of Gary Johnson, the Libertarian presidential candidate in 2016, who is now running for the U.S. Senate in New Mexico. After the meeting, the reporter...
I thought one of your observations on Japan was the telephone and cable and power lines strung from poles (also common in Thailand).
When you returned to Orange County, you commented on how orderly things appeared.
If I am mistaken, I apologize.
Still, there is the annoying observation: the residents of Orange County have done very well, economically speaking, by eschewing development and free markets in many regards, particularly in regards to property zoning.
Kevin Erdmann posits that without zoning, residential property values would be lower in California, not only lower but lower in the aggregate!