Category Archives: Urban Planning

Third Wave Gentrification: The Business Rents Are Too Damn High

One of the problems discussing gentrification is that the term is used to encompass very different phenomena. I define gentrification as the period following abandonment, in which prices of existing housing begin to rise as they are renovated, and new … Continue reading

Posted in DC, Economics, Urban Planning

Why I’m Not Optimistic About Global Warming

Ultimately, if we want to seriously combat global warming–not just slow it slightly, but seriously get at the problem–then we need to alter how we live in very fundamental ways, as this piece about Boulder, Colorado illustrates (boldface mine): Low-density … Continue reading

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We Are Willing to Build Urban Housing–For Cars

When I lived in Boston, one of the major reasons I got rid of my car was the cost of parking. Street parking really wasn’t much of an option, so I had to pay for a spot (first at a … Continue reading

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The Business Rent Is Too Damn High

Returning to what is an irregular series, we note that in Chelsea, NYC, the business rents are too damn high (boldface mine): Here we can see how an ideology of convenience is reshaping the economy. Ordering things like tape or … Continue reading

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The Business Rents Are Too Damn High. What to Do?

As some asshole with a blog has noted many times, many cities are facing a real estate crisis that’s less heralded than their housing crises, but still important: the business rents are too damn high. Last week, D.C. held hearings … Continue reading

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The Business Rent Is Too Damn High: The Bike Store Edition

I know I hit this theme a lot, but an underemphasized problem many booming cities are facing is skyrocketing business rents. If residents want affordable prices, along with more interesting options–and those interesting options often not the businesses that make … Continue reading

Posted in Bidness, DC, Economics, Taxes, Urban Planning | 5 Comments

Can Tysons Corner Become a City?

It’s all about the sidewalks. In other words, can people easily walk around the new Tysons? I’m not entirely sure (boldface mine): What would you do if you were tasked with doubling the number of jobs and raising the number … Continue reading

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Accountability, Arrogance, and NIMBY

Over the long weekend, there was a fantastic article about a key element of the housing crisis in many urban metropolitan areas: NIMBY progressives (NIMBY stands for Not In My Back Yard). This is one reason, among many, why I’ve … Continue reading

Posted in DC, Housing, Progressives, Urban Planning

The Business Rent Is Too High: The Austin, TX Edition

As part of our irregular series, we have another example of local businesses getting clobbered by massive rent increases, this time in Austin, TX (boldface mine): Just this week, Hut’s Hamburgers, in downtown Austin since 1969 (and on South Congress … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Food, Urban Planning

Gentrification Without The Rise Is Just Urban Poverty

Gentrification seems to be in the news again, which always serves as a reminder that the word gentrification is usually very poorly defined. As we’ve noted before, gentrification is a two-step process. First, middle- and lower middle-class people leave a … Continue reading

Posted in Housing, Urban Planning