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Power to the Cities - but What About the Rest?

October 2, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Concentration of Urban Power

 

One week ago, Scotland nearly voted to go its own way, led by a win in Glasgow, the ‘Yes City’. Just as Scotland has found itself governed by political parties it did not vote for (Conservatives, in particular, hold just a single seat there), the UK’s fourth largest city now finds itself inside a union it voted to leave.[read more]

When Rent Control Goes Too Far

September 23, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly
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Rent Control Excess

I was catching up with a friend of mine over coffee this morning and he was telling me about his recent trip to Porto, Portugal. The center of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But he was also telling me how eerie it was to see so many abandoned and decaying buildings.[read more]

The Demand for Character Office Space

September 19, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Office Space Demand

Recently, the Toronto Star published an article talking about the growing demand for character office buildings in submarkets outside of Toronto’s core. Specifically, it was talking about the Downtown West and Liberty Village submarkets (citing a report from CBRE).[read more]

Urban Housing: Rise of Rental

September 19, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Rental Properties

In the US, rental apartments as a share of all new housing is at record highs — over 30%. And that’s partly because credit remains tight (certainly compared to pre-2008) and economic growth has been tepid. But also because of demographic changes.[read more]

San Francisco's Mission District: The Controversial Gentrification

September 8, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid
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Gentrification in the Mission

 

A walk through San Francisco’s historic Mission District is typically charged with the activity of crowded sidewalk fruit markets, lively music, and the smells from taquerías and pupusas. While this energy is still present, it is steadily being muted by the invasion of San Francisco’s love and woe: the “techie.”[read more]

Public Consultation is Broken

August 30, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

For new developments, the process works more or less like this: The developer makes an application to the city. The city reviews it and then agrees to move towards a public/community meeting. Once a date is set, notices go out, and the developer secretly hopes that no one will show up.[read more]

The Ranch Mine Does Infill the Right Way in a Historic Phoenix Neighborhood with the LINK House

August 27, 2014 by Taz Loomans

Infill Innovation

“We need to look at infill as a piece of an existing puzzle rather than trying to create your own identity within an existing neighborhood and disregarding what’s around you. A good infill project is one that takes in what’s existing and also adds to it.”[read more]

Why San Francisco, New York, and DC May Be more Affordable than You Thought

August 26, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Urban Affordability

Highly enlightening new data from the New York City-based Citizens Budget Commission demonstrate the immense importance of walkability and transit in shaping just how affordable large United States cities are for a range of household types.[read more]

Why is it So Expensive to Build in London? [VIDEO]

August 26, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Building Costs in London

The features of London’s current housing shortage are by now well known: rising house prices; housing estate regeneration, garden city proposals. The struggle to increase housing supply is inherently linked to the high building costs in the city, with London topping the list of most expensive cities to build in.[read more]

What should San Francisco do with the Tenderloin?

August 25, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

San Francisco Neighborhoods

Recently Priceonomics posted a piece on San Francisco’s 'rent explosion.' In it was an infographic showing the median rental rate for a one bedroom apartment in the city. The most obvious takeaway is that San Francisco is really expensive. Except in the Tenderloin.[read more]

Concluding Remarks About Housing Affordability and Supply Restricitions

August 21, 2014 by Jim Russell
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Housing Affordability and Supply

Among economists, there is a debate about how to address the problem of housing affordability. When the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland casts doubt on the efficacy of increasing supply to address rent inflation, I wonder about the research paper history that lends itself to such conclusions.[read more]

Why Is the Rent Too Damn High in New York? Don't Blame Housing Supply

August 15, 2014 by Jim Russell
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New York and the Housing Supply

Are the rents being too damn high more a function of limited supply or strong demand? I considered the empirical analysis of supply side economic theory. This generic perspective doesn’t mean that what failed to materialize in a labor market would similarly fail in a housing market.[read more]