Tuesday, August 26, 2003

GEORGIST MAYORS, by Mason Gaffney: "San Francisco was levelled and burned in 1906; Taylor took office shortly thereafter, and San Francisco was renewed in a short time. With buildings gone, and most taxes based on property, and a Georgist mayor, what do you suppose the City used for its tax base? Could that explain the instant recovery? O, Historians, please get busy, before I have to scoop you.

"Is it just a coincidence that Vancouver and San Francisco are two of the most livable and beautiful cities in the world? Not likely, but that only begins the story. Many, many cities got Georgist fever in this era, from coast to coast and, to some degree, around the world. It was the Golden Age of U.S. and Canadian cities, 1890-1930."

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