Category Archives: Urban Planning

Omaha And Dirt Roads: The Unsustainability Of Suburban Infrastructure

I might have mentioned once or twice how the truly hard problem isn’t the urban housing cost crisis (there are way to fix this; we just don’t want to do it), but the fiscal unsustainability of the suburbs: While Paul … Continue reading

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Car Carnage

Last week, New Yorker cartoonist William Hamilton died in a car crash. According to reports, he lost control of his car and killed himself*. As I noted when mathematician John Nash and his wife Alicia were killed, once you get … Continue reading

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The Wicked Problem Is Suburban, Not Urban

One theme that flares up every so often is the problem of unaffordable housing in cities. While this is a challenge to fix, it’s not a ‘wicked problem.’ There two things we can do: building more housing, and reduce the … Continue reading

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On Welfare States and Towns

-why do areas so dependent on federal funding seem to despise the federal govt A bizarre reality of U.S. politics is that those areas that receive the most federal largesse are often those who despise the federal government the most. … Continue reading

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The Idiocy of Urban Tiny Houses

When we last visited D.C. Councilman and former Pepco executive (which should be a disqualification for high office), he was attempting to use zoning regulations to prevent young or poor people from moving into neighborhoods–because what cities need is unresponsive … Continue reading

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D.C. Makes Some Good Parking Policy

Since I highlight the myriad and diverse ways in which the local D.C. government screws things up, I should be fair and note when it does something right: Currently, developers constructing new residential buildings in DC must build a certain … Continue reading

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Suburban Sustainability: The Rockford Files Edition

And I mean Rockford, IL (boldface mine): Rockford is located about 85 miles west of Chicago, was chartered in 1852, and currently has a population of about 150,000. An industrial giant in its heyday, Rockford faces the challenge of reinventing … Continue reading

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