If I made a list of things that are important to me about a city I’d probably get to weather on the sixth page
To the extent that I do care about whether, I find the natural cycle of the seasons to be a clarifying and structuralizing force in my life. I can’t run at a flat out sprint for a decade. My life has seasons and I find nature’s seasons are a pretty good proxy.
I think a mistake people make is to notice that they feel energized when spring arrives and so they think to themselves if the weather were like this every day then I would always be energized. I sincerely doubt it.
It’s not merely the absolute state of the weather that matters, but the delta between seasons.
Obviously, I wouldn’t want to live somewhere that the weather was always miserable, but, crucially, the normal cycle of the seasons in the Northeast is well within the range of normal human comfort. Humans do just fine in this weather.
I am secretly always just a little bit suspicious of the character of anyone who complains too much about the weather in a climate like New York‘s, which is a relatively temperate, comfortable place to live. It shouldn’t seem that difficult, it seems to me.

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I can see why people want to say that NIMBYs are bad people, but the truth is that it sucks to lose your parking space or your view. More traffic sucks. And so on. It's reasonable to want to control these things. That's why you can't let the ability to do so into the system.
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This is pretty obvious when you try to do it in any other domain. “Owning a restaurant is illegitimate. Everybody has a right to food and restauranteurs don’t do anything useful. Sure, cooks and servers do useful work. But restauranteurs do nothing but extract a profit on top.”
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