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There was a great article in The Economist about how NIMBY planning regulations are driving up San Francisco rents and property prices by restricting development. No different to London then. The article is behind a pay wall, so no link, but the article did reference another interesting article on the same subject

http://www.law.yale.edu/documents/pdf/LEO/LEO_Schleicher_City_Unplanning.pdf

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Yes, theyve plotted sprawl vs house prices on graphs before showing how sprawl means affordable housing.

Whether you'd actually want to live in the cheap warzone/crack den parts of most american cities is another matter.

Personally i'd think a model where growth isnt 'prohibited' but when cities get to a couple hundred thousand, we build another one rather than expanding the current one. Most american cities are just too big. Any city over a few hundred thousand just feels cold and impersonal to me.

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