Slim Thug Explains Why People Move To Texas

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July 1 2013 5:23 PM

Slim Thug Explains Why More and More People Are Moving to Texas

NBA player Dwight Howard and actress Olivia Wilde speak onstage during Spike TV's Guys Choice 2013 at Sony Pictures Studios on June 8, 2013 in Culver City, California.

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Spike TV

All-star center Dwight Howard is considering whether to re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers or to move as a free agent to the Houston Rockets or the Dallas Mavericks. Houston rapper Slim Thug makes a case that should be familiar to readers of this blog:

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In other words, one major advantage Texas has to offer over coastal metropolitan areas is that ample land and sprawl-friendly policies make the houses cheap, bolstering real living standards. Most coastal cities simply can't sprawl their way to prosperity as a matter of geography, but could increase the affordability of their housing with density-friendly zoning that would allow them to use the cutting-edge technology of the elevator to overcome land scarcity.

Matthew Yglesias is the executive editor of Vox and author of The Rent Is Too Damn High.

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