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.
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.
I took a 3-year, 30-city cross-country tour to study American cities. Here's what I learned along the way about our nation's demography, housing and culture.
Selling air rights above public facilities would create financial windfalls for city governments, and encourage more efficient land use.
New Yorkers' quality-of-life suffers from the negative impacts of cars. This is partly because residents themselves won't relinquish car ownership.
The agencies were sewers of waste and abuse. So why are state lawmakers trying to revive them?
Zoning reform is evolving from an economics issue into a social justice issue.
Texas' "Big 4" have rivalries in food, sports and economic development. But which of them is the best place to live?
In installment #7 of the America's Progressive Developers series, a Memphis arts non-profit turns a gargantuan former Sears warehouse into a "vertical urban village."
Home prices are growing higher and faster in Austin than other Texas cities. The cause is regulation.
The Bay Area would likely be denser - and a lot more urbanized.
As Los Angeles shows, the cities with the most immigrants also perform best economically.
By following good accounting practices, Oklahoma City's MAPS program built more public infrastructure at a fraction of the cost.
A new report shows that regulations stopping outward housing expansion are crippling urbanization worldwide.
Hyper-local government is good in many cases. But not for housing policy.
Federal transportation money gets redistributed to rural areas - amounting to a raw deal for major metros.
Portland's UGB limits development in the suburbs right around the city. This appears to be causing leapfrog sprawl throughout the larger metro.