Market-driven urbanism: The TGC Reboot

It’s time to begin again.

Thanks to friends saying this blog must be revived, The Good City is now back in business.

We’re retooling the focus of the blog to concentrate on market-driven urbanism versus the more common centrally planned urbanism.

But what’s market-driven urbanism? Here’s a definition from the Market Urbanism blog:

Market Urbanism examines how market forces and property rights enable complex, yet vibrant and economically robust communities and regions to emerge through the “spontaneous order” of the land use and transportation marketplace. When left to market forces, as opposed to intervention, land use patterns and transportation systems reflect a society that is economically and environmentally more efficient and just than when imposed in a top-down fashion by government.

Simply put, market-driven urbanism is the best philosophy to revive our downtown and other urban areas in a conservative city like Fort Wayne which is naturally suspicious of governmental intrusion. Besides that, it honors property rights and eclecticism that makes cities vibrant.

Stay tuned for more posts and commentary!

One Comment

  1. John,

    Congrats on the reboot! Look forward to following it.

    But I must admit, I’m less concerned with the genesis of the urban development than I am that it happens at all. Like Zachary stated above, blame for our current mess is shared between the market and the government. Relying on only one side, therefore, to reverse it seems unnecessary and even naive. Citizens AND government got us into this, and both will be needed to get us out. So I spend equal amounts of time and energy pleading with (some say shaming) individuals, businesses, and government agencies to (re)locate to do whatever it takes to get back to the center city.

    Alas, though, I not very optimistic. City and County continue to do all they can to sprawl this county and gut this city. What occurred in the 46807 after Lutheran split will now happen in spades in the 46804/15 now that Parkview has done the same. I feel sick when I imagine Lake/State/Vance in ten years (not that they were ever great examples of urbanism, but still…).

    Parkview Y just announced plans to expand, because while “Originally designed to accommodate 10,000 members when its doors opened in 2001, the facility has become overcrowded in recent years – currently serving more than 18,000 members. In order to support the needs of current members and offer services to additional people in the community, it was determined that a facility expansion was necessary.” Imagine that, just ten years ago the Y envisioned just 10k members. Now they’ve got 18k and counting! Those peeps aren’t coming back anytime soon, if ever, unless drastic and radical action is taken. A new Jimmy Johns is great, but really??? Even the Harrison is great, but 43 new residents (some of which will no doubt be using the apts as pied-à-terres) can’t even come close to 8,000 setting up new long-term lives in the far-burbs.

    No the City/County are not only not willing to seriously commit to stop the bleeding, they’re continuing to make it worse (, making it near impossible for the “market” to counteract. All things being equal, yes, the market tends to work best. But all things are NOT equal. It’s far easier, cheaper, and more profitable to develop/live/worship/do business in Sprawlville than it is in the City. So while I’m committed to “market-driven” approaches (indeed, I live/work/play/worship downtown), they just won’t work here apart from massive government involvement.

    Sorry for the critical/pessimistic comment. I’ll certainly try, though, to be civil. 😉


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