irrational system
June 28, 2011, 8:34 pm
Filed under: betaCITY, Cities, density, Energy, housing, Suburbs | Tags: , , , ,

No one who moves into a new suburban subdivision pays anything like the real cost of the infrastructure that is required to support them.  Low volume energy users in central cities end up subsidizing the expressways, air conditioners, swimming pool heaters, minivans, and automatic lawn watering systems that serve people living at the farthest edges of the region; a rational system would do the reverse, by imposing penalties for squandering resources shared by all.

-David Owen, Green Metropolis

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