One wouldn’t think it would be that good, but I found this interview with Alain Bertaud on EconTalk fascinating. The gist –
- Cities are a large, people dense labor market first and foremost, whether you want them to be or not.
- All urban planners should focus on is affordability and mobility – anything else is not doable through urban planning
- A good metric/optimization is – can a schoolteacher afford to live within 30 minutes of her school. Optimize for that and you’re taking care of pretty much everyone.