News and Commentary
Utah is providing a model for how non-coastal metropolitan areas can increase density. SB 34 puts requirements on localities without stripping them of their ability to independently set policy.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom met with city mayors to talk about affordable housing reforms.
City Lab looked at how Houston has made huge gains in combating homelessness.
Gabriel Ahlfeldt and Elisabetta Pietrostefani give a landscape of the data behind efforts to increase urban density. While these types of reforms can lead to welfare gains, there should also be concerns for increased regressivity.
The Oregon legislature is discussing a bill that would significantly upzone areas around transit locations.
A housing development in San Francisco has been stalled due to concerns over it removing a “historic laundromat”.
A California State Senator has introduced new legislation that would take away authority to impose new restrictions on construction and downzoning in high-cost municipalities.
Ryan Bourne criticizes Oregon’s recent rent control bill. He is worried that it will carry the harms of traditional rent control without really helping tenants.
Writing for Shelterforce, Alan Mallach argues that gentrification isn’t the driving force behind the affordable housing crisis. Instead, we need to look at poverty and inequality as causes of it.
Wired shows why, despite attempts to make things like parking garages climate friendly, suburban crawl is harmful to the environment.
Market Urbanism gives a 5-year history of the evolution of YIMBYism.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia has come out with a useful tool to measure the burden faced by renters over time.
V. Kerry Smith and Ben Whitmore look at data on flood insurance programs. They found that, in some locations, current policies result in de facto subsidies for higher income households. They recommend introducing a means-testing mechanism to make it more progressive.