The level playing field — anti-sprawl edition

Here’s the catch. If this guy went to Washington D.C. and helped repeal ALL of the laws having to deal with growth, development, home ownership, energy and transportation, it would create a lot of change, a lot of chaos and an entirely new national paradigm, but the end result would be a net positive for most cities. The world would look a lot different than this guy perhaps imagines it would — for starters, this strip mall would be stripped for usable parts and then left to rot — but in addition to having less outside pressure and control, our cities would also be more energy efficient, more compact, have less environmental impact and look a lot more like the cities we built prior to the Suburban Experiment.

via Debating the Root Causes of Zombie Infrastructure – Jobs & Economy – The Atlantic Cities.