Episode 5 – Math, maps, and money: How fiscal analysis can change the conversation in communities
Verdunity’s Felix Landry joins the show to discuss the importance of understanding the fiscal consequences of our development patterns, as well as the ways that cities can use map-based fiscal analysis to make more holistic land use decisions.
3:29 – Beginning of interview
5:00 – How Felix stumbled into looking at the economics of cities
7:00 – Pro formas—why don't city planning departments have them? (And more questions Felix had during his time in a his city's planning department)
12:00 – Confusion on how to go about applying fiscal analysis in planning work
17:53 – Insolvency issues and how fiscal analysis can be a common language for analyzing cities holistically
20:20 – How your city isn't like a hamburger joint
22:30 – What exactly do we mean by fiscal analysis?
25:25 – The backwards way most cities decide what gets built
26:50 – What would fiscal analysis actually look like for cities?
31:56 – How fiscal analysis maps can show us otherwise unseen trends
33:25 – Which development types are loss leaders for cities, and what it means if those areas make up too much of a city
37:32 – The gym analogy: treadmills vs. swimming pools
39:42 – Other analogies Felix likes to use for understanding development types and fiscal consequences: personal heath and grocery stores
50:05 – What happens when citizens insist on both an unproductive development pattern and a lower tax rate?
53:50 – Differences between modern-day suburbs and pre-war suburbs
1:17:00 – How cities can apply fiscal analysis to decision making? We discuss applications to zoning ordinances, comprehensive plans, economic development, and more.
1:20:20 – What Felix is reading these days
1:22:19 – Wrap-up with Kevin and Jordan
(This episode features music from Custodian of Records)