1. This week at Market Urbanism
Matt Robare summarizes Massachusetts‘ zoning reform: Massachusetts Senate Passes Zoning Reform
the bill directs municipalities to allow accessory dwelling units as-of-right in single-family residential districts; permits more as-of-right multifamily housing; reduces the number of votes needed to change zoning from a two-thirds majority to a simple majority; allows development impact fees; eliminates the need for special permits for some types of zoning; provides standards for granting zoning variances; establishes a training program for zoning board members; and lastly, modifies the process of creating a subdivision.
When you get in an Uber, you don’t pay fare like you do on a bus. You just start moving. When you reach your destination, you don’t fumble for cash and wait for change like you do in a taxi. You just get out. This may seem like a small detail, but Uber riders frequently cite this convenience as giving the service a magical feeling.
Michael Lewyn Are High-Rises More Expensive?
But in fact, fairly tall buildings can be pretty cheap where demand is low and/or housing supply is high. For example, in East Cleveland, a low-income suburb of Cleveland, one 24-story building rents one bedroom apartments for as little as $552 per month, despite the fact that the building contains extras such as a pool and a fitness center.
2. Where’s Scott?
It isn’t hard to see how the invasion of 100,000 people like Paredes would benefit San Antonio. Foreign conflicts throughout South America have bolstered the real estate market and city coffers in Miami. Conflicts throughout Asia have done the same in North American cities like San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver. The Mexican National exodus is producing similar visible effects here.
3. At the Market Urbanism Facebook Group:
Dan Bartolet wrote: Why Quashing Short-Term Rentals is a Zero-Sum Game for Housing Affordability
Sandy Ikeda‘s latest at FEE: China’s “Planned Capitalism” Kills Wealth
Roger Valdez: [Seattle] Short-term Rental Gambit Redistributes Scarcity
Roger Valdez shared his latest, saying “Why is housing in Seattle expensive? Let me count…”
Marcos Paulo Schlickmann stumbled on a paper which found that most transit systems reduce welfare
Shanu Athiparambath‘s latest: Cities Emulate the Internet
Dean Gunderson is looking for thoughts on pitfalls for cities that don’t charge property tax
Krishan Madan wants to discuss ideas for regenerating manufacturing in cities
via Kevin Watts: The Overinflated Fear of Being Priced Out of Housing by Robert Schiller
via Nolan Gray: a video of Sandy Ikeda‘s lecture on Jane Jacobs view of Poverty and Progress (Henry George)
via Logan Mohtashami: West Texas Town Finds ‘Tiny House’ Crowd a Bit Too Earthy
via Krishan Madan: Neighborhood Council Freaked Out About Extra Poop that Comes with Density
via Nolan Gray: “in Somerville, Massachusetts (pop. 79k), only 21 houses conform to current zoning/land-use regs“
via Krishan Madan: Mayor suggests privatizing culs-de-sac to emphasize need for road funding [Madison, WI]
via Bruno Mynthi Showers, “Surprisingly market-oriented insights”: No Skin in the Game
Michael Lewyn wrote about his experiences in Detroit for CNU
China has a mass demolition plan for a Tibetan city
5. Stephen Smith‘s tweet of the week:
Most of the net worth of Mountain View’s residents probably comes from putting real estate profits over people…
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