Category Archives: Urban Planning

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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Too Many Offices And Too Little Housing: The Market Is Responding Poorly

A while ago, some asshole with a blog noted this about the D.C. real estate market: But what’s really ridiculous is that, even as the need for office space is declining, we’re building about the equivalent of 1,800 two-bedroom apartments … Continue reading

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Is Shaw No Longer Hot?

This observation from the owner of Glen’s Garden Market in D.C. about closing its Shaw location is interesting (boldface mine): Neither local nor national businesses have a strong track record at The Shay, a high-end, mixed-use development in “North End … Continue reading

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When Real Estate Needs Change Faster Than Building Cycles

A while ago, some asshole with a blog observed that there is a mismatch between what is being built in D.C. and what is actually needed: But what’s really ridiculous is that, even as the need for office space is … Continue reading

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The (Business) Rent Is Too Damn High

From New York City (boldface mine): Over the past several years, thousands of small retailers have closed, replaced by national chains. When they, too, fail, the stores lie vacant, and landlords, often institutional investors, are unwilling to drop rents. A … Continue reading

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