The economic forces acting on us are often unseen until we are deep in a hole. The housing crisis of 2010 saw the rather harmless practice of lending money for houses drive millions into financial trouble.
Trouble is brewing in cities. Cities exist because packing people closely to one another lowers the cost of living. People can only be packed closely if fewer people drive automobiles. Parking and wider streets force jobs and housing further from each other. Add to that the myth that “happiness” is a single family country-like home in the suburbs and you have cities that don’t work.
To make themselves work, cities are struggling to pack more people in their boundaries instead of scattering them across the suburbs. Understandably, those who already live in single family neighborhoods do not want multiple family buildings going up beside them. The biggest reason is that apartment people own lots of cars and crowd neighborhoods. Without cars, objections would be fewer.
The population of the U.S. is still growing. Added people will compete for housing in cities. Rising rent and zoning restrictions make for a confrontation. Someone earning $10 and hour makes $20,800/yr. Rents in large cities can be $1,600/mo or $19,200/yr.
When religions persuade the faithful they should not practice birth control or abortion, they increase population and contribute to this problem. These groups would help offset the problem they create by advocating fewer cars and more dense urban development.
Advocating alternatives to automobiles would compliment anti birth control and abortion politics.