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Market Urbanism

I just ran across the Market Urbanism web site, and it has a lot of really good analysis and resources available for anyone following urban policy issues. The sub-title of the web site is "Urbanism for Capitalists/Capitalism for Urbanists". The blog includes lots of references to F.A. Hayek, free markets, and even takes the Cato Institute to task for advocating "socialism for roads."

As the website's author describes his purpose:

In this blog I intend to introduce free-market thought to urbanists, and introduce urbanism to market advocates. I also hope to incorporate some ideas relating to environmentalism in the built environment. I like to refer to the connections between free-market economic thought, urbanism, and environmentalism as “Market Urbanism.”

This site is well organized and designed. I think it's a great addition to the debate and discussion, and its refreshing to see a new voice enter into the fray.

Free market approaches to urban policy are not new to Reason Foundation, of course. We helped frame the debate on market-oriented planning when we started the urban policy program more than 10 years ago now. A current project in Houston should really take market-oriented planning to a new, contemporary level.

I look forward to reporting more from this site in the near future.

Samuel Staley is Research Fellow

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Comments to "Market Urbanism":

Market Urbanism | September 2, 2009, 2:54pm | #

Thanks for the plug!!!

dave k | September 3, 2009, 7:47pm | #

I, too, enjoy Market Urbanism, except for their unfortunate and misguided attacks on Wendell Cox and Randal O'Toole as "Free Market Imposters". The arguments made against Cox and O'Toole are shocking failures in logic, suggesting jealousy and resentment, and entirely out of keeping with the intelligent and rational opinions expressed on the site concerning all other matters. I hope they will redirect the energy they invest on smearing their allies into attacking those who are true impediments to our freedom.

Market Urbanism | September 5, 2009, 10:25pm | #

Hi Dave K.
Thanks for reading Market Urbanism.
I'm surprised to hear of these "shocking failures of logic" as they haven't been presented to me. Of course, I don't enjoy criticism, but I would consider it helpful if you help me see my logical missteps in the future.

Nonetheless, I harbor no jealousy, as I am happy to be a productive member of the private sector who's just sharing my thoughts. Resentment, perhaps, because I do not consider those who favor government infrastructure over free-market solutions "allies".

I'm willing to take it all back if you can show me the "failure" of my logic. And after showing me my wrong steps, if it turns out that it is actually me who favors statism, you are free to call me a "free-market impostor" and I will hang my head in shame.

I look forward to your future input.



Dave K | September 7, 2009, 1:11am | #

Hi Adam,
No need to thank me for reading Market Urbanism. I assure you, the pleasure is all mine. Your civil response is no less than I have come to expect from visiting you site.

It is clear to me from my readings of Cox and O'Toole that they favor the entire withdrawal of government from all aspects of land use and transportation. O'Toole has said so, unequivocally. Although they have endorsed incremental steps toward this goal, and acknowledged that one socialist system can be superior to another, it is a logical failure to conclude this means they favor government infrastructure over free-market solutions.

Because you are unquestionably one of the good guys, and the world is full of filthy statists who need my input far more than you, this is probably all the input you'll get from me, but I hope you will seriously consider dropping this "free-market impostor" business.

Market Urbanism | September 8, 2009, 5:58pm | #

Dave K,

I appreciate that you prefer to aim your input at the statists, but I personally think it is just as important that those of us making the case for liberty are doing so with integrity and factual consistency.

Based on that, I would hate to learn that I am contributing in a way that actually undermines the case for liberty and would certainly mend my ways accordingly. So, in my opinion it would actually improve my credibility and the credibility of free-market thought if I were made aware of my logical fallacies and be allowed to correct myself before going further down a counter-productive path.

Of course, your time is yours to spend as you desire. I'll try to take your hope into consideration.

Dave K | September 9, 2009, 2:26pm | #

I have made you aware that I think you are mislabeling Cox and O'Toole, and I have given an example why. If you agree, wonderful. If not, you will just have to soldier on knowing at least one of your supporters disagrees with you on one point. We have too many enemies to waste time debating with our allies.

Best wishes.

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