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for the older houses cools to lukewarm, no one is suggesting that the municipality can abandon the street. Not only does the street need
resurfacing, but about now, those 50-year-old sidewalks are looking pretty decrepit, if you're so lucky as to have any sidewalks. And your street lighting--well, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. The developer at the edge of the urbanized area, developing on greenfields (areas that
have not been developed for urban use previously), has to install new streets and new sewer and electrical and cable TV lines. Never mind that
these utilities already are available closer to the center of the city in a neighborhood whose housing stock has become slightly dated. It's just
easier to develop new housing. And buyers prefer it, at least if they have few other choices that fit their lifestyle. The inefficiency of these effects
of urban sprawl to the public sector--and therefore to you, the taxpayers--tends to be masked because the municipality building the new
infrastructure tends t...
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