Ken Larsen's web site - the cost of urban growth

      

"We need to grow to expand the tax base.  That will lower taxes."

 

If you believe that bullsh*t, you're dumb as a rock, but taxpayers fall for that line all the time and vote for whoever said it.  If there were any validity to that line, New York City would be be the cheapest place to live, and a small town like Siler City would be the most expensive.

 

The proponents of the Durham-Orange County Light Rail project (DOLRT) argued that one of its benefits is that it would attract dense urban growth.  They regard growth as good.

 

Well, be careful what you ask for.  Higher density equates to higher costs, more traffic, and more pollution.  The only beneficiaries of higher growth are the Urban Growth Machine.

 

Location

Population

Rent for a 2 BR

Traffic

Air pollution

Siler City

8,273 (2014)

$ 725

nil

 nil

Chapel Hill*

59,376 (2014)

$ 1260

 

 

Durham

251,893 (2014)

$ 1195

 

 

Raleigh

439,896 (2014)

$ 1145

 

 

St. Louis

317,419 (2014)

$ 1326

 

 

Minneapolis

407,207 (2014)

$ 1604

 

 

Chicago

2,722,000 (2014)

$ 2119

 

 

New York City

8,491,000 (2014)

$ 3510

 heavy

 heavy

 

* - UNC and UNC Healthcare own 35% of the land

 

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