The socioeconomic evolution of the United States in the twenty-first century will be heavily determined by the power of two local institutions: the zoning board and the school board. This prediction is not nearly as bold as it might seem; the two boards have heavily determined our evolution for the past forty years, and no one is about to challenge them.


These choads.

    Crucially, zoning codes are not typically followed.

Said the guy who has never tried to site a business. Zoning codes are followed with missionary zeal. The fact that 40% of New York couldn't be built anymore reflects the fact that zoning has changed to reflect reality, not history. The population of New York was substantially less 40 years ago and as such, you don't get to build like that anymore. Hey, could you say something else really, really stupid?

    The case that education is massively important in American life hardly needs to be made. Charles Murray shows that educational attainment is a powerful predictor of divorce, disability status, marital childbearing, and other social indicators.

Let's demonstrate our incontrovertable proof by throwing the most controversial sociologist we can find at it.

Look. Elizabeth Warren wrote an entire goddamn book about this in 2003. Her argument was that property taxes shouldn't fund education because it led to rich-ass neighborhoods with appalling inequality. She listed as an example a neighborhood in Baltimore, I think, that was rumored to be getting a charter school which immediately increased property values by 120% before the school was even sited.

A liberal looks at the problem and says "we need to figure out a way to separate schools from wealth." A conservative looks at the problem and says "we need to figure out a way to let entrepreneurs build skyscrapers in neighborhoods."

posted by blackbootz: 490 days ago