"Light and air" is a very common excuse that people give for why we must have basic zoning laws, and while nowadays a lot of people mean it simply in an aesthetic sense – another way of saying "I like to be able to look out a window and not see another skyscraper 50 feet away" (though for some … [Read more...]
1. NYT A-1 headline! Number of new single-family homes sold in February was at its lowest point since data was first collected in 1963, but multi-unit sales are up.2. Lydia DePillis with an example of some abhorrent NIMBYism from DC.3. Anti-laneway housing propaganda from Vancouver. It looks … [Read more...]
How Important Are Skyscrapers, Really?
Mary Newsom, in a review of Ed Glaeser's new book Triumph of The City, makes some arguments about skyscrapers that I've never heard before: In his eyes, skyscrapers are the height of green living. But as architect Michael Mehaffy and others have pointed out, tall buildings can be less … [Read more...]
Is O’Toole right that California is too dense to matter?
Remember my response yesterday to Randal O'Toole's Cato article on parking, when I said that I could easily write a three-part series? Not a joke! (Though I might spare you and leave the trilogy unfinished. Maybe.)Today, I'd like to take on O'Toole's comments on California, which he argues is … [Read more...]
Has Wendell Cox ever heard of India’s license raj?
Wendell Cox, in his ongoing crusade to prove that everyone hates cities, writes about the suburbanization of Mumbai at New Geography. After reviewing all the statistics, he concludes: Mumbai: Penultimate Density, Yet Representative: The core urban area (area of continuous urban development) of … [Read more...]
A reader comment on census data
Sorry for the light (/lack of) posting. Hopefully that'll change soon. In the meantime, here's a reader comment from a post a few weeks ago on whether or not dense areas are gaining population: I worked for the US Census Bureau in Central Los Angeles last year. Census Bureau management hired about … [Read more...]
Alon Levy on Downtown Brooklyn
In my last post about the geometry of cities and the importance of downtowns, it looks like I understated the extent to which Downtown Brooklyn was built up during New York's market-driven boom during the turn-of-the-century. Quoteth commenter Alon Levy: I think you are essentially correct, but … [Read more...]
Downtown and the geometry of cities
Matt Yglesias and Lydia DePillis have been having an interesting discussion about the DC commercial real estate market that I have some thoughts on, so I thought I'd weigh in. I apologize for the length of this post, but I think it's a really important point that shouldn't be underestimated.Matt … [Read more...]