Category Archives: Urban Planning

Suburban Sprawl Is Expensive, When You Actually Have To Pay For It

A while ago, we noted that the wicked problem isn’t affordable urban housing, but the fiscal sustainability of the suburbs: Something that’s lurking in the background of the U.S. economy, and which will erupt with a fury in ten years … Continue reading

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Too Much Parking

As cities are being recapitalized, albeit by private sources which brings its own problems, land is at a premium. A recent study estimates how many parking spaces five cities, New York, Seattle, Des Moines, Jackson (WY), and Philadelphia, have. It’s … Continue reading

Posted in Transportation, Urban Planning

Mistaking Bidding Up With Gentrification

There’s an interesting article asking if D.C.’s Adams-Morgan is losing diversity, which is a polite way of saying ‘forcing out brown and black people’, due to gentrification. It unusually for the genre, doesn’t confuse gentrification with bidding up. Here’s what … Continue reading

Posted in DC, Housing, Urban Planning

How City Streets Used To Work

It really wasn’t until the 1930s when city streets became the sole domain of cars: before then, people walked across city streets however they liked (though there was the risk of horse shit). I’ve wondered what it would be like … Continue reading

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We Need A Better Definition of Urban

While I might, at some point, have more to say about this post by Kevin Drum about cities and high rents, what bothers me is this figure: Not the underlying data, but the assumption that many of these entities are … Continue reading

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Suburban People In City Spaces

While I’m trying to find the time to look at the 2016 census data for D.C. (and what that means for housing, density, and so on), there’s a vague thought rattling around in my noggin about a critical element of … Continue reading

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When It Comes To Density, We’re Asking Too Little Area To Do Too Much

There’s a very interesting interview with Chris Leinberger, a real estate developer and chair of the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at the George Washington University School of Business, about the insufficient amount of ‘urban neighborhoods’ (boldface mine): … Continue reading

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