2 Responses to Victor Dover on a Return to Incremental Development

  1. dario says:

    nice to hear industry pros talking about ‘tempered development’ & humility. It would be better to hear developers and elected leaders echo his words.


  2. MaximusNYC says:

    I agree that a lack of “granularity” is indeed the biggest problem with reviving urbanism in new development.

    I think the main reason for this is that politicians and planners tend to be most responsive to large developers, who want to build megaprojects, for reasons of efficiency and profitability.

    Old cities were platted out to have lots of small parcels of land, right next to each other. This just doesn’t happen with new urban development. Instead, property is concentrated in a few hands. Those big property owners are the ones who have the leverage to move their projects forward.

    Ultimately it’s about power and wealth. A thriving urban landscape embodies well-distributed power and wealth. Most of our cities today embody highly concentrated power and wealth.

    Unfortunately I don’t think big property owners and developers, or their political cronies, have much interest in changing the status quo. And they hold most of the cards. So I don’t know what the solution is.


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