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wasoxygen  ·  1981 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Atlas Mugged: How a Libertarian Paradise in Chile Fell Apart

Sounds like they ran into zoning issues. D'oh!

See also "Honduras Shrugged" about a similar effort in Central America, which has a list of other projects that met fates such as disabled by fire, sank in a hurricane, seized by neighbouring Tonga, dissolved back into ocean, and fundraising failed.

b_b  ·  1981 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Independent of one's ideological leanings, zoning laws should offend the sensibilities of an average person. Perhaps one could imagine some zoning laws that could encourage growth and dynamism, but as far as I've seen in my metropolitan area, they have done much more to damage neighborhoods than to strengthen them, with the added bonus of ensuring kids can't do much outdoors in their spare time besides play in the yard. Walking to anything resembling commerce or common use public spaces is an absurd thought in the suburbs. Not that zoning is much better in cities, where they mainly serve to drive up rents and segregate rich and poor (and by extension black and white). All in the name of good governance.