1. This week at Market Urbanism:
Michael Lewyn So Much For The Foreign Oligarchs
One common argument against new housing in high-cost cities is that the rise of global capitalism makes demand for urban housing essentially unlimited: if new apartments in Manhattan or San Francisco are built, they will be taken over by foreign billionaires…But a recent article in Politico New York suggests otherwise.
Michael Lewyn Supply-And-Demand Denial And Climate Change Denial
Climate change denialists reject climate science; SDD true believers reject economics.
Dan Keshet Five Ways To Understand Food Trucks
They are an indicator species for land with unmet commercial demand, and where they meet that demand, they incrementally improve our city one taco at a time.
Johnny Sanphilippo The Stealth Guide To Nimbyville
Hovering somewhere just beyond all the land use zoning regulations, building codes, finance mechanisms, aspirational comprehensive municipal plans, state mandates, and endless NIMBYism lies… reality.
Adam Hengels Why No Micro-Apartments in Chicago?
Chicago doesn’t have an outright ban on small apartments like New York, but there are four regulatory obstacles in the Chicago zoning code. These are outdated remnants from eras where excluding undesirable people were main objectives of zoning.
In the event that HUD and the FHA further ease the condo certification process, they won’t be doing any special favors for aspiring high-density urban builders and dwellers. They will simply be narrowing the advantage long granted to single-family homes.
2. Where’s Scott?
After flying to Washington, DC, Scott went to his hometown of Charlottesville, VA, to catch the Tom Tom Founders Festival, a music/innovation fest founded in 2012 by his brother Paul. He reported from there for Forbes on a start-up that wants to become the Airbnb of kitchen rentals:
Organizations in a given city who had large, underused kitchen spaces would advertise on the website, specifying the size and available equipment in their kitchens. Anyone who needed these spaces to cook or prepare food could rent them.
3. At the Market Urbanism Facebook Group:
Michael Lewyn wants to put the “demand is unlimited so rents will never go down” refrain to bed: For the First Time Since 2014, Manhattan Rents Actually Drop
Anthony Ling is looking for someone to translate Market Urbanism and Caos Planejado articles to/from Portuguese
Michael Lewyn via zillow: Less You and Me, More We: How Land-Use Regulation Impacts Inventory, Rents and Roommates
David Iach noticed Tyler Cowen read Joel Kotkin‘s latest book: Is the new market urbanism overrated?
Michael Lewyn is concerned NYC’s mayor would introduce a pied-à-terre tax
David Welton wants to know what works on a local level to allow development that keeps prices low
Jake Desyllas shared an article from FEE: The 50-Year Disaster of Government Trains, Buses, and Streetcars
5. Stephen Smith‘s Tweet of the Week:
Architects don’t design buildings, zoning does https://t.co/Nie0TooH3H
— Market Urbanism (@MarketUrbanism) April 12, 2016