Comment 39396

By Kiely (registered) | Posted April 01, 2010 at 17:02:43

The first order of business is to establish a level playing field by a) fixing our building regulations and b) cutting out the perverse incentives to build low density single use on suburban greenfields.

Agreed, the best thing to do now is get everything in place so when the demand is there (and I agree, hopefully before) the required changes can be made quickly to get the higher density urban residences we will need, (i.e., it doesn't take 2 years to get approval for a condo building in a run down warehouse).

They saw their way of life (building single family houses on greenfields) go up in smoke and insisted that the changes would put them all out of business. Of course, what really happened is that they discovered there's a huge demand for high quality urban life, switched from building houses to building condos, and started making money by the truckload.

Fear of the unknown is a major obstacle to many things. Status quo is an awfully comfy place for many people even when it is inherently unsustainable. The human brain has a strong urge to rationalize even in the face of obvious folly on the part of its host. What challenges change faces and the mindset of the opponents are part of that whole culture thing Ryan : )

Yes, it worked! Thanks for the formatting info Ryan!

Comment edited by Kiely on 2010-04-01 16:04:17

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