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Encourage Bottom-Up Redevelopment: Reason Saves Cleveland With Drew Carey, Ep. 5



Cleveland has spent billions on big-ticket urban redevelopment efforts including heavily subsidized sports stadiums and convention centers that have utterly failed to revitalize the city's economy. Should the city be pouring even more money into and pinning yet higher hopes on long-odds mega-projects? Or should they realize that bottom-up projects driven by the actual residents and private-sector investors are the best was to build a vibrant city for the long haul?

Reason Saves Cleveland with Drew Carey is written and produced by Paul Feine; camera and editing by Roger Richards and Alex Manning; narrated by Nick Gillespie; music by the Cleveland band Cats on Holiday. This is the fifth of six episodes that will air March 15-19, 2010.

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  1. Thoroughly enjoying this series. Would be interested in the experience of other cities besides Houston that have more-open zoning. I can come up with 20 places like Cleveland on the other side of the ledger…

    Thanks – keep it up!

    1. It’s not in America but Tokyo essentially lacks zoning laws.

      1. You’re a colossal fucking moron. Look through the archives just a little bit, sweetie pie. ab exercises for men

  2. That particular Walmart is a great place to people-watch. You learn all kinds of things about your species.

  3. How is it that with the largest government power grab in modern American history occurring Reason has this article (a Forbes reprint) from 6 days ago as their only comment on their front page. Forgive me, but I thought Libertarians were against this type of outright government corruption. I guess a few Drew Carey videos from Cleveland are much more important than government unscrupulously seizing 1/6 of the American economy. Where is the outrage?

    1. You’re a colossal fucking moron. Look through the archives just a little bit, sweetie pie.

      1. Why so angry and uncivil? Archives implies something in the past. This is happening now. Just a little surprised that Reason has the fluff they have currently on their front page versus the most pressing issue of the day, month, year, rest of our country’s history.

  4. Zoning is so stupid. I want to build a skyscraper right next to the main landing runway at the airport and they won’t let me.

    1. You don’t need zoning to prevent that, merely constructing the skyscraper would interfere with the operations of the airport and would be a tort. This would be resolved by simple notions of which entity existed first, no zoning laws would be needed.

      1. Are you advising me to create unnecessary litigation?

        1. Would it be unnecessary?

        2. You’d know the litigation was coming so you wouldn’t build your tower by the airport to begin with unless you were really stupid, in which case you probably wouldn’t have the wherewithal to build a skyscraper in the first place.

          1. And since we live in a real world, the free market would prevent you from building this because they wouldn’t finance the project because of the risk.

            And besides, a pilot would punch you in the face for doing that.

  5. Right now, I’m reading an Economics text called “Land Use Without Zoning” that is, mostly, a study of Houston (from the 1960s, unfortunately). But it describes in detail why the economic incentives are not there for all the predicted land use horrors to actually occur. It would cost way too much for someone to build a big stinky factory in a residential neighborhood.

    Also, although Houston doesn’t have zoning laws, it does have something unusual: the city actively enforces private homeowners association covenants.

  6. I swear that Cleveland and Albany, GA sound nearly identical. I’m definitely going to have to study this stuff and share it with some in local government. They won’t do anything with it, but it damn sure won’t hurt 🙂

  7. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane. Even some cursory knowledge of Hebrew and doing some mathematics and logic will tell you that you really won’t get the full deal by just doing regular skill english reading for those books. In other words, there’s more to the books of the Bible than most will ever grasp. I’m not concerned that Mr. Crumb will go to hell or anything crazy like that! It’s just that he, like many types of religionists, seems to take it literally, take it straight…the Bible’s books were not written by straight laced divinity students in 3 piece suits who white wash religious beliefs as if God made them with clothes on…the Bible’s books were written by people with very different mindsets…in order to really get the Books of the Bible, you have to cultivate such a mindset, it’s literally a labyrinth, that’s no joke.

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