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Market Urbanism: What is a Laissez Faire City?

Boston Austrian Economics Group
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Nov 15 7:00PM - 8:00PM

Join the Boston Austrian Economics Group as we discuss how the free market applies to infrastructure and land use policy. Study questions are posted below.

The table will be reserved under the name "Andrew" and you can contact Andrew at (917)[masked] with any questions. We are the table with the papers on it.

READING:

"From Privies to Boulevards: The Private Supply of Infrastructure in the United States during the Nineteenth Century"https://history.ua.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/beitofromprivies.pdf

"The Real Reason Your City Has No Money"https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2017/1/9/the-real-reason-your-city-has-no-money

"The Secret to Tokyo's Rail Success"https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2012/05/secret-tokyos-rail-success/2044/

"Atlas Shrubbed: What can free-market economic theory teach us about Rand Pauls dispute with his neighbor?"https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/11/09/rand-paul-atlas-shrubbed-215810

STUDY QUESTIONS:

1. What was the main criticism against the private sewer companies of the 19th century?

2. Did private sewer companies charge a single, flat rate like municipal utilities typically do?

3. What is the total tax base of Lafayette, Louisiana? What is the cost to repair its infrastructure?

4. What neighborhoods of Lafayette are being subsidized in regards to infrastructure? What neighborhoods are being penalized?

5. How does unsustainable municipal infrastructure relate to Austrian Economics?

6. How do Flint, Michigan, the rent crisis in the big tech cities, and the traffic congestion crisis in the big tech cities all relate to the colored map in the Lafayette story?

7. How are Tokyos subways funded? Why would this funding model not work for the MBTA, assuming there are no changes to zoning code?

8. What market feedback mechanism in metro Tokyo leads to rents being less than 1/3 as much per square foot as metro Boston? What does the new privatized rail system in Tokyo have to do with historical rail before zoning in the US?

9. What famous economic theorem did Rand Pauls neighbor disprove, according to Politico? What might the author of this theorem say in his defense?

How to find us:We are the table with the papers on it.

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