The cost of sprawl

It has never occurred to me to check up on nearby fire stations when seeking a residence. From KUT:

Homeowners in a Del Valle suburb learned last month that their insurance rates could go up as much as $1,000 this year because they’re too far from the nearest fire station.

Concerns about the rising rates have jump-started a push to get fire stations built across the city. City Council voted in 2016 to build five new stations in underserved neighborhoods, but little has been done since then to fulfill that promise.

There are other areas on the outskirts of the city that are fire station-deficient: Travis Country, Del Valle, Loop 360, Canyon Creek and Goodnight Ranch.

This is just one of many examples of how taxpayers subsidize sprawl development. In some cases, we’re paying to serve communities that were designed specifically as wealthy enclaves while in other cases (Del Valle) we’re paying to extend services to working class people who have been priced out of the central city due to the lack of housing supply in the urban core.

In either instance, it’s suburban-style development, whether in the urban core or the burbs, that is the culprit.

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