Category Archives: Urban Planning

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

The Bronx Is Not Burning: Fighting The Urban Battles Of Yesteryear

Recently, Amazon announced that they would no longer be building ‘HQ2’ in Long Island City, NY. The general consensus seems to be that the deal fell apart over the money Amazon, a trillion dollar company, would receive from the city … Continue reading

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One Way Federal Policy Can Influence Local Housing Zoning For The Better

A couple of weeks ago, Minneapolis passed legislation banning single-family zoning. Here’s what that means (boldface mine): Opening up Minneapolis’ wealthiest, most exclusive districts to triplexes, the theory goes, will create new opportunities for people to move for schools or … Continue reading

Posted in Housing, Taxes, Urban Planning | 2 Comments