By 1670 Amsterdam boasted 1,800 street lamps, and by 1681 2,400 lamps. Adding all these lights was a colossal and expensive undertaking, and taxes in Amsterdam rose to pay for it. But seventeenth-century Amsterdam was already famous for its high municipal taxes. This new lighting system was so popular that cities across Holland, Europe, and eventually Japan, began to implement the same.
Saturday, January 06, 2018
Are High Tax Cities Doomed?
Conservatives and libertarians like to point to migration away from high tax locations like California and the Northeast to lower tax locations like Texas and the Sunbelt. The implication is that high taxes in the long run doom a location/city to decline and doom. In light of that I found this excerpt from an interesting Jstor daily piece on the invention of street lighting by a Dutch painter to be interesting: