Eminent Domain Threats Suffocate Organic Development

Lynne Kiesling I’ve mentioned before (here and here) that my hometown of Pittsburgh has an abysmal record of using eminent domain to achieve top-down, centralized urban planning goals, with disastrous results. Poor neighborhoods destroyed, a desolate and soulless downtown, and a languishing area downtown around Fifth Ave. and Forbes Ave. that the city has been … More Eminent Domain Threats Suffocate Organic DevelopmentMore Eminent Domain Threats Suffocate Organic Development

Whitman And Wilkinson On Changing Preferences

Lynne Kiesling Glen Whitman’s got a nice post discussing utilitarianism, Coase, Layard, and the implications of Will Wilkinson’s recent evisceration of Layard’s utilitarian interventionist arguments about status and well being. When I first read Will’s post, my initial reaction was “yikes, I hope I never get on Will’s wrong side!” Will cleverly applies Coasian analysis … More Whitman And Wilkinson On Changing PreferencesMore Whitman And Wilkinson On Changing Preferences