Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Speaking of Externalities...

Around the corner from my house someone has replaced their front lawn and parking strip with artificial turf. Is this imposing a negative or positive externality for those that live nearby?

This also represents a bit of an environmental conundrum: it uses no water but it is made of plastic....

2 comments:

Doug Gabbard said...

From the standpoint of the storm sewer sytem, it's a negative externality. If the artificial surface is impervious, it will create additional flow in the storm sewer. That means additional cost for all system users.

Dylan said...

I don't know if this counts as an externality (I'm not too hip with the economics lingo), but it's probably going to lower property values for the neighbors. Artifical turf is considered to be pretty "white trash" (sorry for lack of a better phrase) and it'll make the neighboring houses less desirable.

At least there isn't a car parked on the lawn.

Does the city code allow for the turf?