Further to “Constructive’s” idea that we list city services and expenses that could be cut, let’s address the width of our streets.
The city forces developers to build unnecessarily wide streets that eventually get re-striped and effectively get made narrower to traffic.
Among other deleterious effects:
- Less land gets sold to homeowners and thus fewer homes are built on the land. These lost homes would be paying property taxes to our local governments.
- The wide streets eventually have to be repaved. It costs more to repave a wide street than a narrow one.
- Housing becomes less dense thus increasing the cost of public services because of the extra distances that have to be traveled.
- The city has to paint more lines on the street in order to “calm” traffic
We deserve better