1. This week at Market Urbansim:
Markets As Cities by Sandy Ikeda
There is a deep affinity between cities and markets, and indeed between cities and liberty. (As the old saying goes, “City air makes you free.”) Cities aren’t merely convenient locations for markets; a living city (which I’ll define in a moment) is a market.
MU Podcast Episode 04: Anthony Ling on Brazilian Cities and the Future of Transportation
Anthony is founder and editor of Caos Planejado, a Brazilian website on cities and urban planning. He also founded Bora, a transportation technology startup and is currently an MBA candidate at Stanford University. He graduated Architecture and Urban Planning at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul.
2. Where’s Scott?
Scott Beyer spent his second week in San Diego, and this weekend is visiting Corona Del Mar in Orange County, where he’ll get a driving tour from some MU enthusiasts. His Forbes articles this week were America’s 20 Largest Metros Have Higher GDPs Than Most Foreign Nations and Austin’s Rail Transit Boondoggle, Further Explained
Agencies like Austin’s CapMetro are dogmatic and unimaginative. They observe a top-down solution, such as rail transit, that may work in a few U.S. cities; they take the plan off the shelf and plop it into their own city, regardless of whether or not it fits; then, when the project fails miserably–as it has in many cities–they send out their press team to justify it, using every crackpot methodology.
Scott will be returning November 9 to San Antonio to give a speech on the city’s economic emergence. Here’s a write-up about the event by the San Antonio Business Journal.
3. At the Market Urbanism Facebook Group:
Louise Ortensia asks “Capitalism for urbanists? Pretty redundant, isn’t it?” An interesting dialogue ensues…
David Welton asks “has anyone here contacted local politicians in order to promote, or sound them out on their ;market urbanism; credentials?”
Anders Mikkelsen gives us a solution for gentrification!
Malia Kristina posts a job opp in the modular housing industry
Michael Hamilton provides “an interesting look into the nimby mindset“
Adam Lang on the ongoing lunacy of government land-use control in Philly
via Tom Bell: what happens when a city makes public transport free?
via Len Conly: affordable housing or a parking lot in Berkeley?
via John Morris: Did Jane Jacobs Predict the End of the U.S.?
via Rocco Fama: Can building luxury condos fix the affordable housing crisis?
via Matt Robare: Subsidizing Disaster in vulnerable coastal areas
Forbes describes the Chinese government’s attempts to socially engineer megaregions into existence. Will it work?
Joel Kotkin describes a U.S. megaregion that is already budding largely without government oversight: Austin-San Antonio
5. Stephen Smith‘s tweet of the week:
After years of blocking market-rate development, NYC’s prog left finally gets burned by the NIMBY monster it created https://t.co/50UrGFlMyl
— Market Urbanism (@MarketUrbanism) October 10, 2016