Monday, July 28, 2008

My Entire Life Is A Vacation

It isn't a new observation, but it is a bit weird how people like to spend lots of money on vacations in places which have urban* features that they lack in their daily home life. There's no direct contradiction between daily lifestyle and vacation choices as people make choices under the constraints they face and quite often "good urban living" isn't on the affordable menu, but there is a contradiction between how our vision of development should be as expressed in our land use, zoning laws, and transportation expenditures, and what people spend a lot of money on to obtain in small doses.

(via ggw)

*Again, "urban" doesn't mean "Manhattan," it refers to any location with a degree of density and walkability, such as beach towns and other similar vacation destinies.