First of all, I should start out by saying that I’ve only ever been to Chicago once, and I really don’t remember anything but the inside of my aunt’s house. I remember asking them if there was good mass transit, and they said Metra is good, but the L, which is near them, is [...]
1. Maps of sprawl and gentrification in Detroit, St. Louis, Chicago, and Boston. At first the picture looks bleak for cities, but Jesus – even downtown Detroit is growing! (More here.)
2. A real, live Texan (just kidding – he lives in Austin) replies to O’Toole on parking.
3. Why aren’t (more) urbanists cheering [...]
Brendan Crain at Where tipped me off to a great post by Ryan Avent at The Bellows. Here’s a little snippet of Shortage:
For whatever reason, we’re not built to naturally internalize negative externalities. When riding on a crowded highway, no one (no non-economist, at any rate) curses the government for not making the [...]
Of course, Chicago is just privatizing the revenue from meters, not the actual parking spaces. Plus, the city will regulate rate increases, but it’s a step in the right direction. (right?)
For today’s politicians, this is a great way to get windfalls of money today for revenues of future generations in order to [...]
Cook Co. sheriff won’t evict in foreclosures from Associated Press
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says he’s ordered his deputies to stop taking part in evictions of properties that have been foreclosed upon.
Dart says the change goes into effect Thursday. He says the decision comes because many of those being evicted are people [...]
affordability in the LA area
affordability in New York City
Play with the HUD-Brookings Institution’s new index maps here:
The Housing + Transportation Affordability Index, developed by CNT and its collaborative partners, the Center for Transit Oriented Development (CTOD), is an innovative tool that measures the true affordability of housing. Planners, lenders, and [...]
I’m a little slow picking up on this one, but the Wall Street Journal recently interviewed Harvard Urban Economist, Ed Glaeser. Here are some excerpts from State of the City:
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: What effect will higher gasoline prices have on urban planning in the U.S.?
MR. GLAESER: I would be very surprised [...]