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Conservative New Urbanism

Leonard Gilroy
December 1, 2005, 6:50pm

Paul Weyrich has a great piece via the American Conservative Union Foundation making the case for a "conservative new urbanism": Read the whole piece here. His proposed dual-code system jives well with the market-oriented approach we advocate at Reason, as it provides a mechanism for injecting a greater degree of choice into the urban development process. He correctly points out that the main area of common ground between free marketers and new urbanists is the notion that local codes should not make innovative development styles -- including neotraditional development -- illegal, particularly when significant consumer demand is present. "Conservative new urbanism" may be no more palatable of a marketing slogan than "compassionate conservatism," but the underlying idea is solid and has the potential to unite disparate ideological factions under one banner. Nice to see this coming from a prominent conservative thinker. (hat tip: Peter Gordon)

Leonard Gilroy is Director of Government Reform


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