America’s fast-growing cities are experiencing housing shortages. It’s a topic I’ve covered in my last two columns, focusing mainly on the emerging YIMBY (“yes in my backyard”) movement and how NIMBYs, or the “not in my backyard” contingent, have impeded efforts to build new construction that promotes density. And while both sides agree that more construction is needed, NIMBYs tend to ask an essential follow-up question: What about traffic?
This question, while alluding to roads, often taps into a broader sentiment that the local services -- schools, hospitals and sewer pipelines, among other things -- are already overburdened in many cities. And the people who think this way have a point.