- Try being an urban transportation planner. You can do it! Which tradeoffs would you make regarding the needs of new residents, existing residents, environmental impact, and the tax base?
- New residents (brought in by job growth) need places to live, but this aggravates road congestion.
- Existing residents and environmental groups resist new development, although as costs of county government increase, then taxes must increase or services must be cut back.
- Local governments want to maximize the tax base – which is larger for a given area if it is occupied by business than by private homes. However, local governments sometimes offer tax incentives to attract business.
What hidden assumptions might make some or all of these tradeoffs unnecessary?