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Why Patrik Schumacher is wrong about housing

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Paul, if you read my article again you find that the ongoing trend to agglomerate in major centres is my starting point and that this makes sense in terms of productivity/prosperity. That smaller units are cheaper and allow us to pack more people into a squaremile is obvious. This also supports walkability. So urban densification is the premise we all share. What i am calling for is more creative freedom to explore this premise. This is not a race to the bottom but a chance to optimize individual balances between size, centrality and expense. Where else do you see that markets deliver deteriorating levels of quality? EasyJet and MacDonald deliver great value for money. There is nothing silly about these offers. Do you want to bann them? Another premise we probably share is functional mixity. Here too we need more degrees of freedom for entrepreneurs competing in the market process to explore and find the best synergy potentials for each site. We come to the city to co-locate. Don’t prevent this! Predict and provide is precisely what entrepreneurs do and if they get it wrong the profit and loss system signals and corrects this.

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3 May, 2018

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