You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Or At Least You Shouldn’t)

So, there’s all sorts of things to pick apart in this Richard Morrill piece, but this one quote really exemplifies one of the biggest issues we have in this country on a whole host of issues:

The overwhelming reality is that there are people who prefer denser urban living (structures and neighborhoods) and people who prefer less-dense living (single-family homes and neighborhoods).

Remember when Vice President Cheney said that Americans have the right to drive big gas-guzzling cars? I think we have an interesting sense of entitlement about what we’re allowed to do sometimes. There are a lot of things that I would prefer that a) I can’t afford or b) impact the greater good to the extent that I’m not or shouldn’t be allowed to do them. Just because we all like living in 5000 square foot detached single family homes on a half acre doesn’t mean we should. There are impacts on transportation, the environment and growth management that we have to consider, and sometimes public policy dictates that we make alternative choices.

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One Response to You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Or At Least You Shouldn’t)

  1. Sam Kaplan says:

    So who gets to decide who lives in 5000 square foot detached single family homes? What are the criteria for being allowed to live in one? How do I lose the right to live in the home? Too many keggers?

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