It is depressing to contemplate how much bad development has been caused by faulty public policy. It takes years of meticulous engineering, review, public hearings and approvals for anything to be developed, and yet the result is so disappointing and familiar that people assume it must be the work of powerful political or economic forces. However, what has directed the shape of the suburbs up to now is not so much the power of the market but rather the deathly grip of archaic regulations.
The remainder of this article can be read on page 35 in BUILD Maryland magazine Jan./Feb. 2015. Be sure to follow the Death of the Suburbs article series, coauthored by David S. Thaler, PE, in BUILD's bimonthly magazine publications!