The Cold War Origins of Suburban Sprawl

Following up on yesterday’s post about the numbering of the Interstate Highway system, friend of the blog Isegoria turns up more pieces of evidence of my contention that suburban sprawl, mortgages, and zoning were all driven by Cold War policy. That isn’t the sole reason of course, but a pretty big one.

Laws and regulations are sufficiently complex that they will tend to run on autopilot, for a very long time, long after the original reason has evaporated.