California’s SB 50 recently saw some revisions. Despite continued NIMBY complaints, these changes improve the bill.
In The New York Times, Nellie Bowles discusses how a new crop of tech millionaires will drive up housing costs (among other high-life goods) in San Francisco, but not if new housing can be built.
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The Minneapolis Fed looked at how housing vouchers interact with social factors to determine where low-income families live. Despite providing the financial capabilities for families to move to higher income areas, individual preferences and structural barriers prevent them from moving there.
Jesse Barber believes that zoning reform could help undo decades of harmful policies in Berkeley. The litany of rules and regulations have historically been used to discriminate on race and class lines.
DC locals are resorting to desperate (and illegal) strategies to raise opposition to a Dupont Circle apartment development.
The Washington Business Journal did a profile on Andrew Trueblood, DC’s new director of the Office of Planning.
Palo Alto Daily Post Editor David Price is opposed to SB 50 on the grounds that Palo Alto’s great schools would make it a popular target for building development and the local city council would have no say over the projects. Of course, we’ve seen how eager California city councils have been to increase the urban housing supply on their own.
What’s the optimal size of a city? A new paper in the Journal of Urban Economics used the author’s urban model to determine what cities should look like in equilibrium.
Gregory H. Shill argues that US dependence on cars is due to a choice policymakers made a hundred years ago. Land-use reform could help fix that error.