Natalie Solent

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Tuesday, September 28, 2004
 
Past the margin. Finding this blog, "Marginal Revolutions" made me sad. Why? Because there isn't time left in my life to study any subject deeply enough to become expert. If I had chosen economics in 1982 I could have been like these guys...

And if I had been born a cat I would be able to jump eleven times my own height. I wasn't remotely interested in economics then. Now is what counts. The marginal cost in time of reading Marginal Revolutions is amply compensated by the enlightenment you will receive.

Via the same blog, I found this post from Jane Galt on smart growth. Why haven't I been reading Jane Galt for as long as I've been aware of her? Dunno. Not being into economics in 1982 permanently blighted my brain. Here she is:

Smart growth is great if you can afford to have everything you buy delivered, or are in excellent physical condition with a physically undemanding job; it is not so great if you have to come home from your shift at the nursing home to lug groceries a quarter-mile down the street, and then up three flights of stairs. Smart growth is great if you can afford to eat in the plethora of restaurants; it is not so enjoyable if you have to scrape up an extra 20% for the ingredients in tuna casserole. Smart growth is great if you have a nanny to take the kids to the park during the day; it is not so terrific if you have to choose between wasting several precious hours standing around the playground, or letting your kids languish inside.