Rethinking Urban Development

Jan 20, 2016

This visual representation of property tax revenues across Santa Rosa, shows how the highest yields are concentrated in the downtown area.
Credit Joe Minicozzi, Urban 3

  One way to understand the economics of local government is to balance tax revenues against the costs of installing and maintaining civic infrastructure. For most US cities, Santa Rosa included, that does not yield a pretty picture.


Paved parking covers about 1/6 of the area of Santa Rosa, a total of nearly 6 square miles.
Credit Joe Minicozzi, Urban 3

  Within Santa Rosa, there is as much land allocated to parking as there is to buildings. But when it comes to property taxes, as Joe Minicozzi explains, the economic benefits of those two differing land uses are very different.

Similarly, large scale developments at the edges of cities usually contain a lot of little used land, adds Charles Marohn. But it still carries a significant cost for the municipality.

Charles Marohn and Joe Minicozzi will make their last joint presentation in Santa Rosa Thursday evening, 5:30 -7:30 pm  at the Bike Money, 121 5th street in downtown Santa Rosa.