What I (Sort of) Wish I'd Said
Last Friday, I gave a speech on conservatives and smart growth at the New Partners for Smart Growth conference. At the panel discussion after the speech I was asked "what if you want to build something nice and your neighbor wants to build a car wash?" I gave an honest but nuanced answer about how zoning is fine in the right hands, but that it is so often abused that I wonder about whether the benefits are worth the costs, etc.
A pithier (though admittedly simplistic) answer would have been: if we tolerate massacres to get the benefits of the Second Amendment, we can certainly tolerate a car wash here and there.
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