Planner Error: Housing Complex Pokes into an 8-Lane Highway
|December 28, 2013||Posted by Staff under Subsidies & Waste & Public Debt|
This 2013 excerpt of Gizmodo, Oct 09, is by Ashley Feinberg.
In China town planners accidentally built new apartments right where they’d already planned to build an eight-lane highway. The town council asked the new tenants if they would move out of their brand new homes. But since it could offer only meager compensation, the tenants refused. So the council built the highway around the new building, bringing an eight-lane highway to four. Ironically, the highway hasn’t done anything to help the horrible rush-hour congestion.
Ed. Notes: If a society enjoyed a true democracy, wouldn’t a planner error like this be avoided, instead of just blindly plowing along once some official’s decision had been made. Too often people don’t suffer the consequences of their choices; responsibility for our actions is something we humans need constantly to learn. That said, I bet if land values were the source of public funds and/or the source for a Citizen’s Dividend, then mistakes like this would be impossible or exceedingly rare.