The NIMBYs are Winning
By Brent Woodcox
As has been covered previously on this site, the rate of Raleigh’s growth has seen a substantial slowdown over the last couple years.
Now comes updated numbers showing the the rate of growth has slowed to 60 people per day. That’s more than a 10% drop in growth over a short period of time.
Now some of this is due no doubt to rising housing prices in Raleigh as compared to outlying municipalities and towns in Wake County and adjacent counties. But this slow down in growth here and an influx of population into nearby areas has real and negative consequences. For one, new numbers show that 50% of all commutes in North Carolina cross county lines.
And you better believe that cities like Raleigh and counties like Wake that are epicenters for job creation in our state but with political leaders that are unwilling or unable to keep up the pace building housing for the people who would take those jobs are a driving factor in why North Carolinians are driving so much to get to their jobs.
Again, certainly, part of this conversation is how we can develop a better regional transportation plan that will commuters the realistic option of getting out of their cars and taking an alternate mode of transportation.
But one of the simplest policy changes that elected leaders could be making is eluding us. Build housing where the jobs are. On that question, the NIMBYs are winning.