I’d like to take this opportunity to announce that I’ve seen the light. My critiques of market-based development, political fragmentation, and historically institutionalized racism in metropolitan America are way off base. In fact, suburban sprawl is the natural and ideal state of affairs, and springs directly from the clearly expressed rational will of every human being (except liberal city planners). Furthermore, racism has no relationship to economic opportunity, political power, or social outcomes. The metropolitan poor are not victims of historical processes put in motion to serve interests other than their own, but of their own defects.
I realized this by reading the archives of the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal, which will henceforth be the only publication I will link to or quote from on this blog.