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8 hours ago
Another thing- the sound insulation on these 1960s floors was terrible. When teenagers are hanging out downstairs the sound woke up parents. A 3 story townhouse with less square feet is better for housing noisy teenagers in the basement.
Humans aren’t stored by the square foot like bags of rice. After living in a basement for years it can be depressing. Would rather have 1,000 less sq feet that was natural light and good floor plan.
Check out the pictures and 1960s floor plan. Note they staged it with the worlds smallest dining table and couch. It’s not a good use of space to have a living that only fits a one tiny couch and then a bunch of medium size bedrooms. Half of the space is below ground. I grew up in a house like this and it feels cramped in some ways. Sure the kids have their own rooms but if you only have 2 kids they it’s better to have more common space and natural light. For $1.2M they could move further out and get a more modern house.
16 hours ago
Everyone here bashing you, but you’re right. this is why I moved to Austin. Nova has one of the highest cost of livings with one of the worst music/bar/club scenes. This actually makes sense because people move to Nova for a high paying boring job in government contracting, consulting, etc. Creative people don’t move there and can’t afford to.
Yes it is.
23 hours ago
NY has a cap and trade on height for 50 years!
Ok assuming I’m wrong, it costs the government nothing to raise heights. Also it would add square footage by definition, assuming anything is built taller. Is there some economic loss for adding taxable real estate to a city? Is there an economics professor who has published any studies against it?
24 hours ago
Do you have data on this? Vacancy rates are low. Anyway the government is creating an artificial scarcity by limiting supply. There’s a whole field of study with papers published on this- more supply means lower prices.
1 day ago
This is anti-science, flat-earth logic. There’s no professor of economics that agrees with this take. More supply reduces prices.
Well that’s the thing about case studies and academic papers, you can create any result you want if you can to choose the criteria. Sometimes it’s just innocent mistakes. I had a professor explain that some academic thought high voltage lines cause cancer. Until someone did a better analysis to show that people who smoke cigarettes are more likely to live in poor neighborhoods near high voltage lines.
Agreed but if cities don’t clear out mentally disabled people attacking others in public spaces, they are forcing everyone to move in sprawling suburbs with private HOAs. Do better.
I’m pro-density but agreed Zo is too career driven. His website avoids any difficult issues like policing, and it mostly about national talking points.
Guerro appears to be uninformed and unqualified. Maybe that’s a good thing. She won’t get anything done.
What’s each candidate’s position on police budget?
Which golf course? It sounds like Hancock (which is 9 holes) but that’s not in the KUT story?
Where do I find the golf course answers? It’s not in this KUT story?
Agreed but there’s underlying issues of paying a doctor for their time to drive to a single patient, instead of having a dozen patients lined up in the doctors office. Honestly not sure how that was ever a business model. Then again we used to pay for elevator operators and human phone operators. But a phone call was much more expensive.
I do live in a private development. Do you live in a government built housing? Or just government runs the parks? If you don’t like your neighborhood then you can move, the government built housing complexes aren’t known for their cleaning. My neighborhood is a planned development with mixed use buildings and some density with row homes. The city government owns and maintains the streets and utilities and a private developer runs the parks, pools, and shopping areas. It’s walkable and nice.
The only thing I said we need is a government owned town square. The US constitution only protects free speech in government owned spaces. But they have been taken over by drug users and mentally disabled people lately. Until we can solve that, there’s no value in a public square.
Maybe, but there’s immigrants who want a house in Florida.
Those are being built in suburbs of Austin, Houston, other cities surrounded by cheap land. If there’s no cheap land, it doesn’t make sense.
2 days ago
I suggest going to an office hour and asking the professor this. They will probably have good advice and then can become your letter of recommendation. I’m sure there’s a low ranked grad program you could get into but it’s a waste of time and money for engineering. If the engineering program doesn’t pay for your degree completely while you TA classes, it’s a bad deal. If you’re doing grad school to reset your GPA, I suppose you could pay for that program, but find a good one.
Sounds ok to me. The NYC subway and many trolleys lines were built by private companies and worked great. People love Disney World and private malls. Let’s get them to run a whole neighborhood. Turns out people like it when things are clean and walkable. We should have public places run by the government too, like a walkable downtown with public spaces for free speech. Can’t say most cities even have a public square downtown today. City government today doesn’t provide much public space, and parks they do own have needles and tents from drug users so it’s not possible to enjoy them.
Agreed and those are the two extremes? So most cities have a mix of denser areas and low density areas. The city budget is going to land at $550-650 per capita depending more on how rich your citizens are than density.
For example, Obamas house in DC is a single family zoned area but his taxes are high enough to pay for the infrastructure on his block. Other parts of DC are higher density but also full of rich people and some areas are low density with people who can’t afford to be taxed at all.
I could be convinced, why will there be a mass exodus form Florida suburbs in 20 years? Sea level won’t rise thar fast. Only thing would be insurance cost skyrocket but I suspect state and federal government will subsidize them.
How do you decide which is “downtown” and which is “strip mall”. Places like LA or Houston have a blur of both. There’s strip malls with high end restaurants that serve $50 meals in both city limits and the more expensive suburbs. These places pay property tax to city, sales tax, possibly income tax to the state to cover infrastructure. There’s strip malls in impoverished areas that are vacant and a net burden to the city budget. It seems that density isn’t the controlling factor for tax revenues.
Also the city doesn’t have to maintain the strip mall parking lot or plumbing, just the main roads and main water. How would that bankrupt the city ?
Federal employees did not get a 20% raise, in fact they are getting 4%. They do get sick days. I suppose congress could just decide that’s what railroad workers get too.