The Antiplanner came away from a trip to Las Vegas last week with a sense of awe that such a place actually exists and a feeling that Las Vegas is what America will be. At least, the retail portions of America, from WalMart to Krogers to Penneys to Macys, will have to be as exciting as Las Vegas if they are to compete against the Internet. (One retailer who has long understood this is Jungle Jim’s International Farmer’s Market, outside of Cincinnati, but that’s another blog post.)
Unfortunately, I also came away with a bad head cold, so in lieu of a regular post here are some links to some recent PowerPoint shows and other noteworthy articles.
On Saturday, I gave a presentation to the Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights in the Seattle area. This file is 78 megabytes and includes my PowerPoint show, the text accompanying each slide, and some videos.
Other presentations given in Honolulu include ones by Wendell Cox on February 28 and a slightly different one on February 29; both are under 3 mb. These focus on the fiscal challenges facing Honolulu (and many other cities). Adrian Moore’s 3-mb presentation focuses on managed lanes and applies to any congested urban area. John Charles’ 112-mb presentation looks exclusively at Portland transit-oriented developments. Finally, architect Peter Vincent’s 68-mb presentation looks at the visual impacts of Honolulu’s planned rail line.
Early this month, the Weekly Standard had an article on Insufferable Portland. About a third of the article is based on Portlandia; about a third on the Antiplanner’s Debunking Portland paper, and about a third is from other sources.