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.
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.
Canadian lumber is integral to the U.S. housing market. Will sticking duties on it hurt U.S. homebuyers?
Unlike a lot of U.S. metros, different cities across greater Miami are building densely along the waterfront.
Cities remain interesting when they resist American-style "modernization".
Installment #4 in the monthly cross-country series America's Progressive Developers.
Atlanta has largely been an affordable housing success story. But its housing market is still tough for the working class, namely in the central areas.
Miami has inequality. But that is an innate feature of the local demographics - and may even be helping the city.
The city could be accused of policing too much and too little.
Priced out of L.A., the displaced are moving east to Riverside and San Bernardino.
Why concentrate all the fast food chains?
Dense development is good for the environment. So why does San Francisco's Sierra Club discourage it?
What's the difference between building physical walls and regulatory walls?
If spatial segregation is the cause of urban America's problems, then zoning deregulation is the solution.
Because of San Francisco's housing crisis, people with 6-figure salaries must settle for roommates. Others can't live there at all.
Philadelphia has avoided the home price inflation of rival East Coast cities. But a mix of walkable neighborhoods and tight zoning could change this.
One metro is among America's fastest-growing, while the other is effectively stagnant. What are the reasons?
As transit systems grow antiquated, cities should try nimbler options.
A fledgling pro-housing movement goes from grassroots advocacy to political operations
Installment #3 in the monthly cross-country series profiling America's Progressive Developers.
Zoning violates federal law by having a "disparate impact" on low-income minorities.
Regulations in Toronto and Vancouver drive much of the same price inflation as in U.S. cities.