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Updated: January 19, 2018 @ 4:52 am
January 19, 2018
I always worry when people start citing a free market as the solution to everything. They generally mean that they support a free market as long as they agree with the results. If the free market ruled - then abortion would be readily available and street corner drug dealing and prostitution would be legal. Just because the "free market" supports something - doesn't mean we want it. (or don't want it)
I agree. This is government intrusion at it’s best. It’s not city council’s job to mandate how a business operates. Yes, there are city codes to insure safety, ample parking etc. But for the city council to dictate what amenities a hotel must have is wrong. But Mr. Shelton, you did miss one thing. The reason city council wants these things. In other stories, they admit they want a “better class of visitors.” I wonder what would happen if the federal government decided that Galveston Texas needed set aside 10% of the rooms in these new hotels with the “proper” amenities for families making minimum wages? They would be screaming government overreach loud and clear.
Susan, I always worry when people comment on a subject using extreme, over the top babble. The subject is government intrusion, hotels, restaurants and free markets. Not drugs. Not abortion. Not prostitution. Question. Do you think that the Galveston City Council has the right to dictate weather a hotel has a hot tub or not? Wait. Since you started it, let’s get extreme. Question #2 - Do you think City Council has the right to require new hotels to furnish prostitutes?
I figure that when you cite the "free market" for your excuse for something - you're just inviting over-the-top response. If he had cited something else - like economic reality - I wouldn't have responded. Idon't know whether City Council has the "right" to dictate such things. I don't think that they should, but I wouldn't cite the holiness of the free market to defend that position.
Is this all about the seawall property near 12th st - where the developer wants to build higher than the rules dictate, and he figures that getting the rules changed to give him extra height in exchange for amenities will allow that?I do think that the city has the right to control aspects of the property, such as height, that affect the surrounding community. Whether the hotel has a hot tub or not, doesn't affect the surrounding community, so I don't care what the hotel has. It could be argued that the type of clientele the hotel has does have an effect on the surrounding neighborhood, but I don't really think that the difference between the San Luis and the Holiday Inn is going to affect the neighbors.
"forcing hotels to tack on amenities will increase room rates and make it more difficult for less-affluent families to visit our city" Of course it will. That's entirely the point! And that's a good thing, according to Galveston City Council. Chasing the affluent dollar is what I've seen cities focus on. Ultimately, the voters of Galveston need to influence, and hopefully decide, what kind of city they want to become.
"Forcing hotels to stray from the market profile increases the chance they will not do well, will defer maintenance and become an eyesore" Um, no. The potentially struggling hotels won't get build in the first place. That's the flip side of the point of Galveston City Council's vote.
I would agree that a market solution should be the first choice unless there is a good reason not to go that way. There are good reasons for government entities to modify the operation of the free market and there are bad ones. A good reason would be one that promotes the general welfare and a bad one would be one that benefits a special interest to the detriment of the general welfare.
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