ruminations about architecture and design

Thursday, January 26, 2017

the purpose of planning

The purpose of planning authorities is not to guide development, but to prevent it. By establishing regulatory structures that make large scale projects costly and time-consuming major improvements to commercial property are effectively halted. Properties and businesses that are "grandfather" have no incentive to expand or improve and will continue to operate with little regard for adapting to growth or or changes in demand. Meanwhile, single family homes proliferate and people have to drive further to find basic necessities amidst the wastelands of decaying business operations.

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