Planning Problems of Town, City, and Region; Papers and Discussions Volume 2

Planning Problems of Town, City, and Region; Papers and Discussions Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...to compete with one another for tenants as they would be were their land subject to such a tax as has been suggested. Then houses would compete for tenants instead of tenants competing for houses. Then owners would introduce beauty, cleanliness, and the latest sanitary devices from necessity rather than from compulsion. Then builders would be moved by self-interest to devise attractive homes instead of warehouses for human beings. The explanation for the backwardness of home building and the relatively insignificant advance which has taken place in the last generation is due to the fact that population is always outrlmning the supply of houses. Anything can be rented, no matter how cheap, tawdry, and unhomelike it may be. This, too, I think is verified by the experience of New York. No city in the world approaches the American metropolis in the convenience and attractiveness of its office buildings, in the splendor of its hotels, and in the wonderful ingenuity displayed in the construction of high-class apartment houses. Buildings begin to be antiquated before they are old. A few years' time sees a reduction in their rent. In twenty or thirty years buildings are ready for the scrap heap. This is not due to the high price of land. It is due to the heavy tax on land. And if we carried this principle further, if we doubled the existing land tax, landlords would be compelled to enter a race for tenants just as automobile manufacturers now race for purchasers. House building and the housing question would be subject to the same laws of competition that govern other business. This cheapening of land would make city building possible. It would enable docks to be acquired and developed along the water front, it would permit the acquisition...show more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236918304
  • 9781236918307