I’m so much of an advocate for free-market policy, I even think it should apply to city curb space.
Somebody not rooted in the urban planning world might ask: how possibly could cities do that? Especially considering that curb space is government property?
Market use of curb space is at the root of smart transport policy. It’s hard to have functioning private buses—much less the bike-share, scooter-share, or moped-share I often call for in this column—without letting urban right-of-way respond to consumer demand and price information. There’s existing literature on how that can be done, namely the 1997 market urbanist classic Curb Rights: A Foundation for Free Enterprise in Urban Transit.
Market Urbanism is the cross between free-market policies and urban issues. Market Urbanists believe that if cities were liberalized, they would have cheaper housing, faster transport, enhanced public services, and a better quality of life.
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