News and Commentary
The Manhattan Institute’s Alex Armlovich has a new article on Senator Bernie Sanders’ recent opposition to housing development. While Sanders may have one record as mayor, Armlovich argues his endorsements of various local candidates against affordable housing should be noted by primary voters.
The Brookings Institution’s Alan Berube discusses how different size metro areas score on their annual Metro Monitor. He finds a great deal of variety in outcomes of racial and geographic inclusion among fast-growing very large metro areas.
The Sightline Institute’s Alan Durning writes on the possibility of upzoning on the block or even lot level, circumventing broader neighborhood group politics against development. This kind of “hyperlocalism” could enable small but meaningful amounts of upzoning with less political resistance.
A new study on housing costs examines four models for gentrification and displacement. The authors find wide variation between the models in predicting risk of gentrification or gentrifying in 180 Boston census tracts, suggesting that cities should practice healthy skepticism about the assumptions of any one model included in urban policy. This study was reviewed in depth by Eric Jaffe at the blog Sidewalk Talk which can be found here.