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.
A new report shows that regulations stopping outward housing expansion are crippling urbanization worldwide.
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?
Another case where regulations shape how buildings must look.
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.
Homeowners, not developers, are really the ones who benefit financially when we limit housing supply.
Why concentrate all the fast food chains?
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.
One metro is among America's fastest-growing, while the other is effectively stagnant. What are the reasons?
When it comes to urban density, we're not all goldilocks. We don't all want the same porridge.
Lowbrow housing options that used to ensure against homelessness are now illegal in many cities.
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.
A look at the pro-market vs. pro-planning urban model.
The 3 are growing their housing stocks, and seeing their prices stabilize compared to other metros.