The Battle for the Cities Is Over. The Battle for the Suburbs Has Begun.

The Battle for the Cities Is Over. The Battle for the Suburbs Has Begun, by Edward Ring.

What is going to happen to America’s suburbs is not pretty to contemplate. As usual, California is ground zero for the progressive assault on suburbia. The plan, in California and elsewhere, is to cordon off all developed land, restricting population growth to within the footprint of existing cities and suburbs. According to this plan, the single family home is an abomination.

Stigmatizing homes with yards as abominable relies on two premises, density ideology and inclusive zoning. Both of these premises are riddled with counterproductive flaws and fatal contradictions, but nonetheless pack a potent emotional punch. These two premises constitute a perfect marriage, a political power couple.

Density ideology allegedly combats climate change. Inclusive zoning is allegedly anti-racist. …

“Inclusive” zoning:

Inclusive zoning ideology relies on equally preposterous assumptions. It is based on the premise that if disadvantaged people, low-income people — even those struggling with mental illness or substance addictions — are brought into an affluent neighborhood, the habits and attitudes of the affluent residents will be absorbed by these less fortunate individuals, and “foster greater social and economic mobility and integration.”

This, of course, is an absolute crock, but the underlying motivations — scarcely understood by most of the proponents — are deeply sinister.

The ideology underlying inclusive zoning is explicitly Communist. It demands that everyone has a right to live anywhere they want, and that private property ownership is not earned by hard work, but rather is a manifestation of privilege and oppression. It is only a great irony that this seductive siren call is a useful tool in the hands of political cronies and profiteers if you ignore their shared goal: centralization of power and control.

For example, inclusive zoning, stripped of the high-minded leftist rhetoric, includes the practice of redistributing poverty to make certain neighborhoods blighted and low income. Once that’s accomplished, developers working closely with the city bureaucrats can use major federal financing incentives and eminent domain to completely demolish previously intact neighborhoods where residents invested their lives and fortunes to call home.

But in all cases, inclusive zoning is a destructive force that masquerades as a prerequisite for social justice, but instead merely empowers opportunistic investors.

Laws being written across America by progressives are rezoning neighborhoods to make single-family dwellings worth more if they are demolished to construct rent-subsidized fourplexes than if they are left standing.

This trend will eventually no doubt work its way to Perth. Perth is the most isolated big city in the world, over a thousand miles away from the nearest city of over a quarter of a million (Adelaide). Confine Perth? What on Earth for, other than to drive up land prices by artificially restricting supply? Perth can sprawl for hundreds of kilometers over marginal land and desert.