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...]
Market Urbanism MUsings March 4, 2016
1. Where's Scott?Scott Beyer spent his second week in the Oklahoma City area, finding a place in the relatively wealthy northern college suburb of Edmond, OK. This week he wrote for Governing about New Orleans' music noise issue, and profiled a man in Forbes who escaped Cuba by raft for … [Read more...]
Montgomery County’s loss is Calgary’s gain: Rollin Stanley escapes from the coven to Canada
Not sure how this escaped me, but it seems that a few weeks ago, Rollin Stanley was announced as Calgary's new chief planner. Rollin Stanley, you'll recall, was the very vocal pro-urban growth planner in Maryland's Montgomery County, north of Washington, DC, who resigned after these four sentences … [Read more...]
When are user fees just redirected sales taxes?
Ben Ross at Greater Greater Washington has an excellent post about the pernicious habit of states (and maybe the federal government?) mislabeling sales taxes as user fees. Sorry for pulling such a long bit, but it's good: Maryland is considering raising its gas tax. This long-overdue measure would … [Read more...]