Political controversies over building new homes, shops, and offices have long revolved around an axis of "neighborhood vs developer." Depending on your perspective, the "neighborhood" side was either the feisty underdogs looking to maintain the character of the neighborhood they love or the … [Read more...]
Where Do Upzonings Happen?
I think the most useful way to think about NIMBYism is as a neighborhood-centered phenomenon. When people shop for homes, they shop for specific, physical features of a dwelling, of course, but mainly they shop for neighborhoods. The quality of neighborhood amenities — interpreted broadly … [Read more...]
Econ 101 And The Missing Middle
HUD has released 2015 building permit tallies. Austin’s tallies for 2015:Single Family Units: 2,846 Duplex units: 326 Units in 3-4 unit buildings: 30 Units in 5+ unit buildings: 6,890This bipolar split is typical of American cities. Some cities build more single-family than … [Read more...]