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


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


Gullible voters are inclined to vote for whoever utters this line, but it's not true.  If there were true, then 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, more pollution, and higher crime.  The only beneficiaries of higher growth are the Urban Growth Machine.




Rent for a 2 BR


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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