High Density Creates Unaffordability: The tax foundation has just released an analysis showing where you get the best bang for your buck in the US by comparing the relative value of $100. I’ve written about this before, but allow me to reiterate the point. We pay more for everything in Boulder-not just housing. $100 gives you just $90.84 cents of buying power in Boulder County. (I guarantee you it’s even less in the city proper). Compare that to Grand Junction where $100 gives you $105 of buying power. Colorado is the 10th most expensive state in the country.

In a weird twist of economics, high density cities do not deliver an economy of scale to consumers. High density cities charge more for goods and services than any other place in the nation.

These Maps Show Where a Dollar Goes Furthest in the U.S.