1. This week at Market Urbanism:
Shanu Athiparambath has his first post on the blog via Scott Beyer: Economist David Friedman Says India Must Go Taller to Make Homes Affordable
I remember my father saying that when he visited India in the 1950s and 1960s, bureaucrats in Delhi made arguments for restricting luxuries for the rich in air-conditioned luxury hotels where bureaucrats and American visitors held conferences.
Emily Washington: Reforming Zoning in a Kludgeocracy
While studying economics often leads people to think about the ceteris paribus effect of a policy change, in the real world, a policy will rarely be changed without resulting in domino effect of other changes in other policies and market outcomes because land-use policy is entangled with so many other policies.
2. Where’s Scott?:
Scott Beyer is spending a final weekend in New Orleans before heading to Oklahoma City. This week, he wrote for National Review about rapid high-rise growth in the Miami neighborhood of Brickell.
Starting as a low-slung neighborhood, it grew to become what it now is thanks to the city’s tolerance of unfettered growth. And rather than bringing Armageddon, as critics of rapid urban development might suspect, Brickell has become an economic powerhouse and an urban destination. At a time when so many other cities suppress development — and suffer the consequences – Brickell symbolizes a mentality worth restoring throughout urban America.
3. At the Market Urbanism Facebook Group:
Nick Zaiac wants you to check out Cato’s new study related to immigration and housing affordability
Tobias Cassandra Holbrook is interested in London’s growing skyline: Don’t listen to the Nimbies – skyscrapers can make London great again
R John Anderson introduced the group to his latest post explaining where small urban developers should be looking to build
New study confirms that boomers are clueless about where they like to live. h/t: Charles Marohn
What Scalia Meant for Land Use Planning by Bill Fulton at the Kinder Institute
Eric Jaffe at Citylab: Commuters Don’t Stop Driving to Work Unless You Take Away Free Parking
Heywood Sanders guest post at City Observatory: Costly misses on convention centers
Chicago may expand its downtown zoning district – a good move, despite the shady approach to raising funds for pet projects
5. Stephen Smith‘s Tweet of the Week:
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