1. This week at Market Urbanism
Brent Gaisford sums up How Los Angeles’ Rent Got So Damn High
Three big things happened, two of them awesome, and one dumb. We decided living in cities was cool again (awesome), city centers are creating tons of new jobs (awesome), and we didn’t build very many new places to live in our cities (not awesome).
2. Where’s Scott?
Scott Beyer spent his 6th and final week in San Antonio. His two Forbes articles this week were about how Subsidizing Light Rail Is Like Subsidizing The Landline Telephone and how Modern Zoning Would Have Killed Off America’s Dense Cities, which covered the New York Times research conducted by Stephen Smith
If today’s regulatory climate had been applied a century or two ago, the American cities that people most want to preserve would be shells of themselves. And that was the point of the Times’ article, to show the fundamentally anti-urban nature of modern zoning regulations.
3. At the Market Urbanism Facebook Group
Michael Lewyn‘s latest at Planetizen: Does New Housing Create New Demand for Housing?
Rick Rybeck shared his writing: Funding Infrastructure to Rebuild Equitable, Green Prosperity
via Krishan Madan: Will Bellevue Kneecap Development to Preserve Its Employees’ Views?
via Bjorn Swenson: The “Grandma Test” says “speak up”
Marcos Paulo Schlickmann wants to discuss whether the technology is a barrier to entry to less tech savvy Uber/Lyft customers
John Coppage at American Conservative: Co-living shouldn’t just be for big-city yuppies
via John Morris: [Pittsburgh] Terminal Bldg converting to The Highline with bike trails and green space
via Krishan Madan: SF Now Has Highest Per Capita Property Crime Rate In The US
via Krishan Madan: NIMBYs are wrong on housing, says math
via David Welton: Housing Does Filter
John Morris wants to know how common this situation is
Patrik Schumacher has a few notes on our recent post on his ideas. Hopefully, we will follow-up soon:
as Patrik commented:
I now talk about ‘market-based urban order’ as anti-dote to central planning on the one hand and garbage spill urbanisation on the other hand. The image used in the article illustrates my earlier idea of ‘parametric urbanism’ and comes across as far too monotonous. I now assume a multi-author process without specific shared constrains but only cohered by the general principles and values of parametricism: always differentiate, always correlate, safeguard continuities and set up new continuities. Overall coherence, legibility and the emergence of unpredictable, path-dependent urban identities will emerge from the discursive, disciplinary hegemony of the methodology and style of parametricism I am trying to promote.
Aaron Renn identifies the unique creature named Chicago: The Duck-Billed Platypus of American Cities
R John Anderson: The Zoning Code makes the Comprehensive Plan Illegal? WTF?
5. Stephen Smith‘s tweet of the week:
— Market Urbanism (@MarketUrbanism) May 26, 2016