There was a great article in this Saturday’s Houston Chronicle by Cato Institute scholar Randall O’Toole, who runs “The Antiplanner” website (linked at the side of this website). I’ve seen O’Toole speak on matters of urban planning and growth in the past, and know that he’s a really sharp guy on these issues, able to articulate why, exactly, city planning from a government office makes it difficult for individuals to live and work how and where they want.
His piece in the Chronicle–which is worth reading in its entirety–concludes with this:
Houston should not attempt to write a comprehensive land-use plan or try to control or limit land uses in a misguided effort to improve livability by controlling where or how residents live. To preserve Houston’s livability, affordability and growth-friendly environment, Houston should focus on maintaining a responsive government that provides the services people need, not one that is merely carrying out the latest planning fads.
Because that’s what they are: fads, and they’re driven by academics who may have a completely different vision for a city than that which families, if given the choice, would have.
Many people have added their comments to O’Toole’s article, so pay a visit and let your voice be heard, or you can even comment here. Let us know what you think and we’ll try to address your concerns.