It’s no secret that conservatives and libertarians don’t have very warm feelings towards urbanism.
I offer two explanations for this phenomenon:
1) urbanism is generally just a guise to enact liberal policies. When was the last time an "urbanist" suggested lowering tax rates in the city to make city-living less expensive (my taxes in DC, for example, are almost twice what they’d be if I lived in Virginia, I make up for some of this because I only need one car in DC, but I don’t make up for all of it. Plus, Virginia’s services are much better and the schools in Virginia are usable – I’m paying more for less)?
2) the only reason we need "urbanism" these days is because progressive policies in previous decades destroyed most American cities. Shouldn’t those of us who are not progressives fear a new form of urbanism after the recent results of previous forms of urbanism?