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.




Rent for a 2 BR


Air pollution

Siler City

8,273 (2014)

$ 725



Chapel Hill*

59,376 (2014)

$ 1260




251,893 (2014)

$ 1195




439,896 (2014)

$ 1145



St. Louis

317,419 (2014)

$ 1326




407,207 (2014)

$ 1604




2,722,000 (2014)

$ 2119



New York City

8,491,000 (2014)

$ 3510




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


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