Sunday, June 16, 2013

Rationalism in urban planning

"It is idle to expect a well-planned town to result from the independent activities of isolated speculators as it would be to expect a satisfactory picture to result if each separate square inch were painted by an independent artist. No 'invisible hand' can be relied on to produce a good arrangement of the whole from a combination of separate treatments of the parts." -- A.C. Pigou, The Economics of Welfaree, p. 195

Notice how Pigou begs the question by beginning asking for a "well-planned town."

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