National home permitting and price trends show that the more a metro builds, the more affordable it is.
The mandates are indirect, raising home costs without solving environmental problems.
Nimbys point to empty condos as a sign that enough housing is getting built. But the market is more complex than that.
Houston shows how lighter regulations lead to more density.
Bastrop, TX, tries a new zoning code designed to be more permissive.
In episode 10 of the Market Urbanism Podcast, we discuss how to "legalize cities" with Brooke Fallon & Randal O'Toole.
Dense housing is good for the environment. So why are San Francisco's climate activists so against it?
In episode 9, we interview Don Burnes and Randy Show about America's homeless problem.
For all of America's affordability problems, Mexico has it worse.
In episode 7, we talk with Yesim Taylor of the D.C. Policy Center.
7 reasons why the policy comes with unintended consequences and moral hazards.
Democrats and Republicans have all launched competing housing plans. But the common denominator is that they see the need for more housing.
Protests have erupted to protect Hong Kong's liberalized economy and political system. This is a fight worth having.
Foreign investment should be viewed as another form of housing demand in cities - and not a bad one.
An interview with Sonja Trauss and Brent Gaisford
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.
What is Market Urbanism? – a podcast interview with Michael Lewyn & Ryan Avent
The bureaucracy favors single-family homes over condos, and for no good reason.
Activists who stop housing projects because they're imperfect are basically siding with Nimbys who want to block housing altogether.
And it's not just one regulation that made the city expensive. It's all of them.
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.