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.
Price gouging spurs production, prevents hoarding and encourages conservation.
The theory ignores existing real estate data and the potential for change within the sector.
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.
There is latent demand for them - if only regulators would get out of the way.
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.
The New York City mayor's policies rest on rent-seeking and bribery. The latest example is his hotel policy.
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.
In episode 3 of the Market Urbanism podcast, we discuss how bikeshare, scooters, and other alternative transit solutions can help cities.
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.
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.
Home prices are growing higher and faster in Austin than other Texas cities. The cause is regulation.