In his latest post, Nathan Lewis wants to tell you how to make a pile of dough with the traditional city, and has provided illustrative drawings and calculations to show exactly what he has in mind, among many other observations on the New Urbanism, the history of American home sizes, and the issue of affordable housing:
"City governments everywhere wonder how to create "affordable" housing, but how is that possible when everyone has to buy way too much land, and build a house that is way too big, and also indirectly support an incredibly excessive roadway system, and a system of school buses for the public school, and also a second or third car to get around this ridiculous landscape? The larger houses themselves have a certain logic: once you have the way-too-big land plot, the second and third car, and the vastly excessive roadway system, you might as well go whole hog and get the big house too. You're already 80% committed."It's an in-depth piece, but I strongly recommend reading through the whole thing.