Comment 28630

By A Smith (anonymous) | Posted February 12, 2009 at 13:15:14

Ted, >> New sprawl housing projects depress me. It isn't just the pretentious designs or the killing sameness or the isolation or car dependence or the rape of farmland or the bidness at City Halls that grease their progress

Rape of the farmland? If farmland was actually valuable, it would stay as a farm and not get converted to homes. Why would any farmer sell off land and take a loss? He/she wouldn't.

>> An oligopoly in the development industry and incestuous relationships of said companies with municipal governments

All the more reason to take politicians out of the decision making. Leave decisions on where and what to build up to the builder and the buyer, no middlemen.

>> It just doesn't pay for developers to concern themselves with these 'little details'. It would pay for the potential buyer, but they are not given that choice

This makes no sense. Businesses are constantly looking for ways to differentiate themselves from each other and if you could prove to your customers that buying a green home would be cheaper over the long run, this would increase a builders market share.

Furthermore, if I could build a house with a lower lifetime cost, this would allow me to increase my profit margins, compared to those who did not.

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