I read Ryan Avent’s ebook, The Gated City on the plane yesterday and recommend that you download it too.
The basic themes are similar to my own real estate obsessions, but I was pleased to see that the text is actually quite different from what I’m working on for THE RENT IS TOO DAMN HIGH. There’s even some stuff I disagree with, though of course my bottom line that we should have more density is similar. Overall, I like to think that there’s space for multiple publications in this general topic area. The United States of America is a very large country, so it’s sensible and appropriate that we have a fairly decentralized system of government. One result of that, however, is that oftentimes too much of our national political conversation focuses on the things that the federal government does. Local government, in the aggregate, makes an enormous amount of the public policy in the this country and attention must be paid.