I like this way of framing the issue; thanks for sharing it. It also helps to explain why NIMBYism has been so successful; after all, places don't vote, people do. I guess that's the key question: how do we get the interests of the places into the discussion?

As a veteran of community debates over density and land use, this has always been the challenges: the people who are already here and don't want change show up at meetings and complain, while the people who would move into the new development aren't here yet, so they aren't represented.)

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Your writing constantly reminds me of this (in a good way!): https://press.uchicago.edu/books/excerpt/2011/hayek_constitution.html

An excerpt from

The Constitution of Liberty

The Definitive Edition

F. A. Hayek

Why I am Not a Conservative

'This brings me to the first point on which the conservative and the liberal dispositions differ radically. As has often been acknowledged by conservative writers, one of the fundamental traits of the conservative attitude is a fear of change, a timid distrust of the new as such, while the liberal position is based on courage and confidence, on a preparedness to let change run its course even if we cannot predict where it will lead. There would not be much to object to if the conservatives merely disliked too rapid change in institutions and public policy; here the case for caution and slow process is indeed strong. But the conservatives are inclined to use the powers of government to prevent change or to limit its rate to whatever appeals to the more timid mind. In looking forward, they lack the faith in the spontaneous forces of adjustment which makes the liberal accept changes without apprehension, even though he does not know how the necessary adaptations will be brought about. It is, indeed, part of the liberal attitude to assume that, especially in the economic field, the self-regulating forces of the market will somehow bring about the required adjustments to new conditions, although no one can foretell how they will do this in a particular instance. There is perhaps no single factor contributing so much to people’s frequent reluctance to let the market work as their inability to conceive how some necessary balance, between demand and supply, between exports and imports, or the like, will be brought about without deliberate control. The conservative feels safe and content only if he is assured that some higher wisdom watches and supervises change, only if he knows that some authority is charged with keeping the change “orderly.”'

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