1. This week at Market Urbanism, we’re Liberalizing Cities From The Bottom Up
Middle Aged NIMBYs, Young YIMBYs by Michael Lewyn
Most of the Pro-Urb posters on housing costs assume that high rents are the result of insatiable demand driven by wealthy foreigners, that government lets developers do as they please, and that housing supply is pretty much irrelevant.
Why The Tech Industry Should Care About Housing by Jeff Fong
Our broken housing system is silently depriving us of future contributors who could build great things; and for each individual who’s preemptively priced out, we’ll never know what those things might have been.
Is Commercialism Making Cities Less Livable? by Shanu Athiparambath
Are these people correct? If they were, the world’s most commercial cities would be the least livable. But anyone with a modicum of education or travel experience knows this is not true. The cities with the most economic freedom, commercial enterprise and prosperity–think Hong Kong, Singapore, London, Sydney and Vancouver–also have the highest living standards.
2. Where’s Scott?
Scott Beyer will spend his last day in Dallas tomorrow visiting the downtown location of the recent sniper attacks. The rest of his weekend will be in Fort Worth, and the rest of July in Austin, stop #7 on his 30-city writing tour.
3. At the Market Urbanism Facebook Group:
Brent Gaisford wants to get together with fellow Los Angelenos “if you want to get more involved in the fight for affordable, urbanist housing in LA“
Sandy Ikeda is surprised by an update on China‘s largest “ghost city”
Cato Institute filed a brief urging the Supreme Court to take up a case that would restrict historical districting via takings law. Nick Zaiac and Randal John Meyer were involved in the research
Shanu Athiparambath wrote Why Building In India Is A Challenge and These Income Segments Can’t Afford Market-Rate Housing
Roger Valdez wrote about the faulty logic used to justify inclusionary zoning schemes and other proposed programs
Nathaniel Hood wrote Eating Spam Downtown: A Story of Big Box Reuse
via Krishan Madan: Interview with Victoria Okoye, African urbanist
via Cassiano Ricardo Dalberto: Nate Silver on urban racial segregation v. diversity
via Adam Hengels: How Anti-Growth Sentiment, Reflected in Zoning Laws, Thwarts Equality (Boulder, CO)
via David Welton: A slightly different take on Houston: Forget What You’ve Heard, Houston Really Does Have Zoning (Sort Of) Daniel Hertz wrote something similar and contrary
“even LEGO suffers from NIMBY problems,” wails Matt Robare
CleanTechnica follows up on Adam Hengels’ recent piece at MU: Is Y Combinator’s Project To Build “New, Better Cities” Shortsighted?
Reason Magazine on how NYC has driven away street vendors…for centuries
5. Stephen Smith‘s tweet of the week:
Residents of 55-story tower in Midtown sue to force the redesign of a 760-foot tower: https://t.co/fq344KPdSb
— Market Urbanism (@MarketUrbanism) July 8, 2016