1. Where's Scott?Scott Beyer spent his second week in the Oklahoma City area, finding a place in the relatively wealthy northern college suburb of Edmond, OK. This week he wrote for Governing about New Orleans' music noise issue, and profiled a man in Forbes who escaped Cuba by raft for … [Read more...]
1. Shocker: The federal government is too incompetent to even sell its own buildings. Eh, oh well – it's not like it holds most of that property in the city with the most expensive office space in America or anything.2. Two State Senators from Queens are calling plans to toll the East River … [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...]
Why are universities so bad at managing their land?
I've lived near a lot of schools in my life. Growing up on the Main Line I could walk to (at least?) five institutions of high learning, I went to school in Georgetown, and just a few weeks ago I've moved across the street from Gallaudet University in DC. And I've noticed a common thread among the … [Read more...]
Elevated rail vs. road, and…monorails?
I started reading Fogelson's Downtown with the intention of learning more about elevated trains, and though I've been slightly disappointed in that regard (more to come on that after I finish and attempt a more comprehensive review), he does include a lot of interesting history. I'm posting this … [Read more...]
Why I don’t like Inclusionary Zoning
Inclusionary zoning is a hot item among urban planners today, and is often seen as a solution to residential segregation and high housing costs. Exact implementations vary, but the general idea is that developers of multi-unit housing projects are encouraged to set aside a certain percentage of … [Read more...]
1. Lydia DePillis responds. I'm all for upzoning only(/mostly) poor neighborhoods if that's all the extra density we can get (though here at Market Urbanism we're kind of utopians – we don't care much about political feasibility), but I'm not nearly as optimistic about inclusionary zoning as she … [Read more...]
1. Development blogger Roving Bandit criticizes UN-Habitat executive director Joan Clos for saying that Africa is "confronted with [...] the challenge of preventing the formation of new slums." I wonder if Clos thinks that the Lower East Side was born with yoga studios and Starbucks.2. A kidney … [Read more...]