Leslie shares her opinion that a vendor at the farmers’ market has a crude display, and cites this as a reason to kick them out.
Leslie is accused of stripping people’s personal freedoms, but there are significant benefits to the community. When determining the appropriate level of government regulation, the costs and benefits of each action need to be considered.
April accidentally schedules all of Ron’s meetings for March 31st because she doesn’t think it’s a real day. Instead, Ron has to deal with a variety of concerned citizens, many of whom are causing externalities throughout the city.
Tom wants to look good, and smell good, for Jessica Newport so he decides to sit for a few minutes in his “cologne cloud.” The smell is so overpowering though that Leslie needs to exit the car immediately.
Leslie’s first act as a city councilwoman is to implement a soda tax because she believes that it will make Pawnee healthier.
Ron tries to slaughter a pig in the park for a BBQ. He is not allowed to because it is against the law and violates health codes.
The townhall meeting includes complaints about various externalities associated with parks including frisbees and dog feces. The Baraguá delegation describes the command and control approach used by his country when citizens impose externalities on others.