Scott Beyer owns and manages The Market Urbanism Report. He is a roving cross-country journalist who writes regular columns for Forbes, Governing Magazine and HousingOnline.com.
Dense housing is good for the environment. So why are San Francisco's climate activists so against it?
There is latent demand for them - if only regulators would get out of the way.
New York MTA's multi-decade state monopoly model is no longer producing good transit service.
For all of America's affordability problems, Mexico has it worse.
Summarizing a movement that looks to bring free-market policy ideas into cities.
CDMX has a ubiquitous private transit network that's fast & cheap.
Nice city streets are a value-creation tool. Why don't more U.S. cities build them?
What's wrong with the urban planning profession? A lifelong planner explains.
7 reasons why the policy comes with unintended consequences and moral hazards.
The New York City mayor's policies rest on rent-seeking and bribery. The latest example is his hotel policy.
The more cities grow, the more productive and prosperous they become.
Democrats and Republicans have all launched competing housing plans. But the common denominator is that they see the need for more housing.
Coal is not West Virginia's future. But what will take its place?
Protests have erupted to protect Hong Kong's liberalized economy and political system. This is a fight worth having.
U.S. cities are generally solvent - or not - for very specific reasons.
Foreign investment should be viewed as another form of housing demand in cities - and not a bad one.
As with the car market, the creation of new housing means used housing can filter down, to be bought or rented by lower income groups.
Big companies used to run their own monopoly towns. Now they take a more incremental approach to city development.
Building more housing will inevitably cause more congestion. The answer is to price the space where the congestion occurs.
The bureaucracy favors single-family homes over condos, and for no good reason.
And it's not just one regulation that made the city expensive. It's all of them.
The American West still offers the best mixture of urbanization and stunning geography.
California and Oregon both consider state housing bills that will allow dense development near transit. Can this become model housing legislation elsewhere?
Many planners have their minds made up on which cities do and don't work. But multiple factors make the debate complicated.