Ever wondered how you could make your urbanism hobby a full-time job? Come work with me & Emily Hamilton at the Mercatus Center's Urbanity project:Are you a gritty, liberty-minded researcher who is passionate about cities? This is a unique opportunity for an aspiring scholar to develop a … [Read more...]
Urban Paths “World” Cup
Final update: the Milwaukee River Greenway is hereby declared the Best Urban Path in the United States! Sadly, it's among those that I haven't yet visited, a situation I'll need to rectify. I've invited a few Greenway partisans to write a guest post about what makes it the best urban path in America … [Read more...]
Is affordability just, “You get what you pay for”?
In a tweet this week, the Welcoming Neighbors Network recommended that pro-housing advocates keep supply-and-demand arguments in their back pockets and emphasize simpler housing composition arguments:https://twitter.com/WNNProHousing/status/1582157909827653636This advice makes an … [Read more...]
In an encouraging post this morning, Matt Yglesias - one of the O.G. YIMBYs - summed up 10 years of success since his book, The Rent Is Too Damn High, was published. If you'd asked me, I'd have guessed that Too Damn High was published in 2015 or 2016, when YIMBY was in its infancy and researchers … [Read more...]
Rent Control is How the Rich Outbid Less-Affluent People for Valuable Land
Several homes in my neighborhood have sold recently, each more expensive than the last. The priciest was a lovely home that drew $1.65 million at the peak of this spring's market.Takoma Park is a great place to live. It's also the only jurisdiction in the region that has rent control.As a … [Read more...]
How big is the housing shortage?
Land for sale. Photo: appaloosa (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)Two teams of researchers recently released estimates of the U.S. housing shortage - and they differ by a factor of five. Is the national shortage 20 million homes or just 4 million? With a range that big, both published by pro-housing groups, … [Read more...]
Unpacking Emergent Tokyo with author Jorge Almazán
In my previous post, I reviewed an old book on Japan while teasing a new one:If you read one book about Japan this year, it should be the beautiful, new Emergent Tokyo: Designing the Spontaneous City by Jorge Almazan and his Studiolab colleagues, including Joe McReynolds. But if you read … [Read more...]
Book Review: The Making of Urban Japan
If you read one book about Japan this year, it should be the beautiful, new Emergent Tokyo: Designing the Spontaneous City by Jorge Almazan and his Studiolab colleagues, including Joe McReynolds. But if you read two books about Japan, as you should, the second one should be André Sorensen's … [Read more...]