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Why is the US residential model untouchable and unquestionable?

In the past I asked a question about the environmental impact of the the US residential model. Some users replied that such residential model was inherited from the past, that it was too late to ...
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What government tools available to Canada to deal with population growth?

Any country that is experiencing population growth has to plan for building new cities but Canada has no plans nor capital investments to build new cities. Egypt employed its military to build a new ...
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Which US congressman had the idea of metropolitan area, and said that poverty causes crime?

In "The Machinery of Freedom" by David Friedman, at chapter 17 "A First Step", Dr. Friedman writes: In the Washington circles where Great Ideas are conceived and circulated before ...
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Do right wing libertarians have a mechanism which incentivises long term planning?

Some right wing libertarians intend to have the world run primarily, if not totally, on market-forces which in the vast majority of cases favor short-term gains and do not usually take into account ...
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Have any cities managed to relocate homeless services to cheap land outside the city?

As an example, in Vancouver a lot of homeless services are located in Downtown East Side - a small neighborhood directly adjacent to some of the most expensive real estate in Canada. This is quite ...
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Do bureaucratic planning processes deter large amount of house building?

The UK Conservative government is bringing forward plans to "streamline" the planning processes for new house building, by essentially creating large areas of the country where planning ...
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How do I change my city's ordinance to allow more chickens on my residential land?

I am asking this based on a state or local level, i.e. zoning and health. I assume that in Oregon, which is where I live, and Hillsboro, the city of which I reside to be specific, is primarily ...
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Why do the U.S. (and other republics) not have separate capital cities for each branch of government?

Background In South Africa, the cities of Bloemfontein, Cape Town, and Johannesburg are the seats of power for the Judicial, Legislative, and Executive branches of government. In the United States ...
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How can a country get a street / square / park in another country named after an important figure?

I have noticed that in some countries many city elements such as streets (where they have names, not numbers), squares, parks etc. might bear important foreign figure names, capital city names (e.g. ...
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Have any studies examined differences in cities led by Dem vs Rep?

Are there studies examining various characteristics of USA cities based on the amount of time they have been governed by Democrats or Republicans? Say, things like growth rates of population and ...
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What enabled the Chinese Provence of Shenzhen to grow to 12 million over 30-40 years

The Chinese province of Shenzhen has grown from around 10000 people to being a city of over 12,000,000 between 1980 and 2017 What made this happen, what government policies and investment created ...
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Why is Japan's urban development so polarized?

I have recently seen a documentary that showed how precious is the space in Japan's large cities (example). This places the largest cities in Japan (Osaka, Tokyo) within the top cities when it comes ...
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Have any cities managed to reduce the inflow of tourists during good economic periods?

There are frequently news about how Barcelona is "tired of tourists" or how Venice is "cracking down on tourism". A lot of the efforts are driven by politicians and it's common to hear them promising ...
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Why don't governments share technology with each other rather than developing their own solutions to common problems?

A simple example - each public transit system needs a way of letting people purchase long-term tickets/passes. And currently each city develops its own scheme: London has the Oyster card, Manchester ...
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What democratic systems exist that successfully tackle NIMBYism?

As explained by Wikipedia: NIMBY (an acronym for the phrase "Not In My Back Yard"), or Nimby (as a word, instead of an acronym), is a pejorative characterization of opposition by residents to a ...
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Have any cities (with a good economy) managed to prevent rapid increases in real estate costs?

Cities like London, Paris or Tel Aviv experience frequent complaints about the cost of real estate. Some blame speculators, others blame rich oligarchs from abroad, others say not enough new buildings ...
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Why don't cities plant more fruit trees? [closed]

On the surface, it seems like fruit trees are more useful to the inhabitants of a city than other kinds of trees that don't bear fruits that can be harvested. Why do cities generally still decide ...
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