But why would they?
Fri Sep 1, 2017 7:37pm

If you make the flood prone areas more expensive the rich will buy up the non-flood prone areas. Rich folks generally didn't get rich by making foolish financial decisions. So, if you make the flood plain prohibitively expensive the rich will buy up the OTHER land outbidding the poor, leaving only the prohibitively expensive stuff for those who can least afford it.

So, the poor will STILL be in the flood-prone areas. They will just have a harder time paying their monthly notes.

Unless we are also discussing some sort of means testing to only ALLOW folks of limited means to purchase in the non-flood-prone areas.

  • It won't "price them out of the cities"Jeeves, Fri Sep 1 7:11pm
    Only the wetlands. Which tend to flood anyway. The current system tends to concentrate the poor in flood-prone areas. Why not put the wealthy, who can afford the loss, in the floodplane?
    • But why would they? — Sprout, Fri Sep 1 7:37pm
      • Let's just say I don't agree
        • OK... I'm hard pressed to understand whySprout, Fri Sep 1 8:06pm
          wealthy folks would intentionally choose to build on land that will be VASTLY more expensive tax wise voluntarily as opposed to building on land that would be much cheaper tax wise to build on?
          • Now you understand Jeeves, Fri Sep 1 9:20pm
            The goal is to have people NOT build on wetlands/floodplains. 8^)
              • No you don't.HeavyHemi, Sat Sep 2 2:26pm
                Why do you insist that something thinks or is saying something despite them telling you directly you're wrong?
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                  • You mean I can only use your metrics?HeavyHemi, Sat Sep 2 5:41pm
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                    • Taxation was the proposed solution...Sprout, Mon Sep 4 4:57pm
                      Not my proposal, but the proposal we have been discussing. Care to offer a different proposal? One that WOULD in some way not only prevent construction on flood prone lands, but ALSO ensure that real ... more