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There are hundreds of services that are provided on a neighborhood basis -- dry-cleaning, banking, groceries, barbershops. Here's a thought experiment: who would benefit if you were required to purchase neighborhood services in your specified residential zone? Certainly not consumers. Enrollment boundaries are not something that school systems create to benefit families; they create them for their own benefit, because they can since they have monopoly power.

Second point: I've lived in crappy neighborhoods. One of the things about crappy neighborhoods is that all of the local services are crappy, whether it's the corner store or the supermarket, the bank or the dry-cleaner. Those with the means travel to better neighborhoods for their daily essentials. It's not at all surprising that the same dynamic would exist with education.

You can see this differentiation in the way that people in different neighborhoods react to proposals for things like chain restaurants. In tony neighborhoods, the idea of say an Applebee's is greeted with much throwing up of the hands and shrieks of "Quelle Horreur!" In crappy neighborhoods, people dream of one day being able to get a meal without someone screaming obscenities or your shoes sticking to the floor.

by contrarian on Dec 13, 2012 9:09 pm • linkreport

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