The Life and Death of Great American Cities — The American Magazine

Roger Scruton: I would distinguish two kinds of plans: Those which constrain people’s normal and natural goals, and those which attempt to reconcile those goals by constraining the means of pursuing them.

Thus, American zoning laws typically prevent people from living and working in the same place, or from building their schools, churches, shops, and work places in a single unified settlement. Thus, they defeat the primary goal that is shared by all who migrate to cities, which is to live somewhere, side by side with others.

via The Life and Death of Great American Cities — The American Magazine.

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