[EconTalk] Alain Bertaud on Cities, Planning, and Order Without Design

Alain Bertaud on Cities, Planning, and Order Without Design

03/06/2019 by EconTalk: Russ Roberts

Web player: http://podplayer.net/?id=72438501
Episode: http://files.libertyfund.org/econtalk/y2019/Bertaudcities.mp3

Urbanist and author Alain Bertaud of NYU talks about his book Order Without Design with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Bertaud explores the role of zoning and planning alongside the emergent factors that affect the growth of cities. He emphasizes the importance of cities as places for people to work and looks at how preferences and choices shape cities. Bertaud also reflects upon the differing perspectives of urban planners and economists.

Listen Date: approx 2019-06-19


  • The story about artists’ lofts in Manhattan is wild. A little more reading up on it, and it would probably make a great quiz question.
  • Alfred Hirschman gets quoted! ‘The weak are oppressed by the incompetent.’ What a great line, I must remember it.
  • But overall, not a great deal new, but a nice listen anyway; and people who are completely new to real estate markets might love it.


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