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Lewyn Addresses America

A little politics, a little urbanism- I also blog 100 percent on urbanism at and

Why do I think of myself as somewhat (economically )conservative?  Because when someone suggested that new office buildings belonged on block X in midtown Manhattan instead of block Y just a 20 minute walk away, it occurred to me that I didn’t think that planners knew the exact “right” place to put an office building.

Why moderate?  Because even though I believe that government should have a good reason for regulation, my idea of a “good reason” might be a little broader than that of a libertarian.  For example, it seems to me that a tall office building in a suburb with no sidewalks and no public transit creates externalities that I think government can legitimately consider (in terms of pollution, etc).


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