When Cities Stop Subsidizing Sprawl, They Save Money and Get Happy


Most of us agree that development that provides employment and tax revenue is good for cities. Some even argue that the need for jobs outweighs aesthetic, lifestyle, or climate concerns—in fact, this argument comes up any time Walmart proposes a new megastore near a small town. But a clear-eyed look at the spatial economics of land, jobs, and tax regimes should cause anyone to reject the anything-and-anywhere-goes development model.

To read more of this Happy City excerpt, read on in Salon Wal-Mart: An Economic Cancer on our Cities

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