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TALL Buildings - are they "economically more productive"?


If you agree that they are, what's the implication for future development in Metro Manila



Makati skyline

The basic idea is:

A short walk is more economical than a long drive

(which requires a car or other transport, and wastes gasoline)


Behind the Makati's wall of skycrapers, here's what you will find :


Makati Bel-Air


If you believe that skyscrapers are more "economically productive" than, say single family homes,

should Makati think about converting one or two of the nearby subdivisions into an area with skycrapers,

be changing zoning, and removing height restrictions in those nearby areas?



Here's a "debate" between two guys who would like to see many American cities become more dense.

But one (Scott) would like to remove all height restrictions, and the other (Chuck)

favors more skyscrapers at the core, and rings of height restrictions beyond that


A Conversation about Market Urbanism

Chuck Marohn interviews Scott Beyer, urban affairs journalist and owner of Market Urbanism Report, who is currently traveling the country on a three-year trip visiting 30 different American cities. Chuck and Scott discuss their overlapping and diverging viewpoints on government regulations, zoning and housing affordability issues. They also compare issues in large cities with smaller towns and consider whether the same policies can apply in both sorts of places.


> http://shoutengine.com/StrongTownsPodcast/a-conversation-about-market-urbanism-42088


Chuck Marohn wants to move "incrementally", rather than removing all restrictions all-at-once


Scott says: "Seattle grew up as an automobile city, and is now ready to densify like NYC"


Downtown Seattle (Boren)


Learn more about Chuck Marohn & Strong Towns.org

> https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2017/7/31/chuck-marohn-on-the-disruptive-conversations-podcast

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Richard Florida and the New Urban Crisis

Florida's NEW BOOK, the New Urban Crisis, goes into the dark side of cities.
In a way, it is an answer to his more upbeat previous book on cities, The Rise of the Creative Class:
(from review):
"The author estimates that this group has 38 million members, constitutes more than 30 percent of the U.S. workforce, and profoundly influences work and lifestyle issues. The purpose of this book is to examine how and why we value creativity more highly than ever and cultivate it more intensely"
Rachel Quednau on May 11, 2017

Richard Florida is a University Professor and Director of Cities at the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto, he's a writer and journalist, and he serves as senior ...

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(After listening, my quick reaction was):

Prof Florida has consumed way too much SJW-flavored Kool-Aid.
His interview overuses a weasel-word, "advantaged" way too much.
What does it mean? What creates the higher incomes associated with advantages?
He does not use elucidating words like: drugs, single moms, cultural marxist ideology,
AT ALL - these might help him get to the truth.
Here's a basic fact: the winning principle, to become economically successful are pretty simple:
stay in school, get educated (in something useful, not SJW papem), dont have children out of wedlock,
and you will have an 80-90% chance of succeeding, whether you are black, white, or chinese

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In the podcast in the original post, Scott B. says:


"i don't know any skyscraper neighborhoods in America that have declined.

The one's I know became more-and-more productive over time." - at 45-50 minutes in.


Chuck gave on explicit exception to that -- and made an oblique reference to another



Downtown Buffalo - "was at its peak about 100 years ago"

(The Sheehan hotel & land was sold for just $2 million, It's in downtown.)



Downtown Detroit - which may now be undergoing a resurgence, post-bankruptcy


(And PH may have a sort of example of its own, an area that built some skyscapers, then went into decline):



Binondo skyscapers.

Personally, I think an important revival may have begun in Binondo / Chinatown.

The new (and taller) skycrapers are evidence of the revival

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My favorite architect
Andres Duany: Principles of New Urbanism

Duany explains New Urbanism, & how it is propelled by:
+ the market-what people want : shops, schools, work w/in walking distance
+ nimbyism : we could get permits, when others could not
+ health (physical & mental) : more exercise, less isolation with communities
+ green movement : closer to nature, less need for huge highways

"We are not against Houses. but houses have to be attached to a system."
"To accomodate cars, some planners made walking impossible"
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