How to misallocate societal resources

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1. Perpetuate outdated notions about the desirability of single family homes;

2. Impose incredibly restrictive zoning in areas close to jobs, ensuring that homes there will remain very expensive;

3. Provide large, implicit subsidies to drivers, specifically by failing to price-in the societal cost of greenhouse gas emissions;

4. Under-invest in mass transit;

5. Allow exurban developers to build large, cheap single family homes on large lots in sprawling developments.

The result: A bunch of people sitting in their cars for 60-120 minutes a day, eating fast food, getting fat, not spending enough time with their kids, polluting the earth, and generally being unhappy.

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