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Not a great comparison. Birtherism is a black & white issue - either Obama was born in the United States or he wasn't. "War on cars" may be a piece of exaggerated rhetoric, but it is certainly true that many newer/younger residents - like drumz above and like myself - DO want to reduce average car use and push for things that make driving less convenient. Pretending that is not so isn't being honest.

To whit: "To sum up, we have a scenario where new people are coming in, don't actually want to remove any amenities from any existing residents, but the very fact of their existence threatens some people economically."

But we DO want to remove amenities from existing residents. Free parking, extra lanes, lande width, etc. are all amenities. For the Upper NW demographic, living in a relatively low-density neighborhood where everyone around you is affluent is an amenity, one that is threatened by apartment buildings whose units have much lower barriers to entry than the cost of a detached SFH in the favored quadrant.

You may think that all these things have enough negative externalities to make them undesirable - and in many/most cases, I would agree. But they are indeed amenities (like suspension of basically all parking rules for church attendees) that we're trying to take away.

by Dizzy on Nov 29, 2012 3:03 pm • linkreport

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