Have you heard the one about central planning? Many have but most have not. Documenting the failures in California, Randal O'Toole totes up some of the costs in his latest monograph, Do You Know the Way to L.A.?: San Jose Shows How to Turn an Urban Area into Los Angeles in Three Streesful Decades.
When it comes to how we manage cities, nothing has changed. It is as though people believe that the problems of central planning were exposed on another planet. Take away the totalitarian trappings and no problem.