Libertarians and Urbanism

Urbanists have rightfully been wary of libertarianism in the past, says Stephen Smith, but a new crop of Jane Jacobs-loving libertarians could change that perception.

Smith writes in reaction to a piece by Melissa Lafsky at The Infrastructurist, who slammed libertarianism as "an enemy of infrastructure." Smith says in his rebuttal:

"At least in North America, every great intracity mass transit system was build by private enterprise, almost without exception. From subways to streetcars, private enterprise showed a willingness and eagerness to build and profit from rail-based transit. Sure, the systems weren't totally private and unregulated (exclusive franchise monopolies were often granted by municipal governments, among other interventions), but the system was far more "private" than the current mostly-suburban road/automobile transportation system that Reason and many other self-identified libertarians champion."

Thanks to Stephen Smith

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