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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]

The World's Tallest Slum: Relocations Begin

August 6, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Slums and Relocations in Venezuela

Last Monday night began the relocation process of thousands of inhabitants living in Venezuela’s Torre de David (Tower of David), the world’s tallest slum, according to reports by Venezuelan newspaper Últimas Noticias, BBC Mundo and tweets from journalists following the coverage.[read more]

5 Ways in Which You've Got it Wrong When it Comes to Cities

August 4, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Over the past couple of weeks I have been collecting fallacies and myths about cities, waiting until I reached a nice round number like five. Well, I reached that number. So here are five big misconceptions that I think people often hold about cities.[read more]

A Weekend Conversation: Where Should Local Government be Located?

August 4, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Local Government Buildings

With the weekend firmly in view, Brett Petzer and Rashiq Fataar kickstart conversations – and invite you to finish them in Comments. These dialogues are freeform to encourage debate and let in a little fresh air on some classic debates about the present and future of our cities.[read more]

Architects & Communalism Can Solve San Francisco's Housing Crisis

July 31, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

San Francisco Housing

San Francisco is in a housing crisis! The skyrocketing housing market is pushing out the people that make the city a diverse and vibrant place with housing rates rising three times faster than the national average. Within the last two years the rental market has increased by an average of 20%.[read more]

Where Does our Affordable Housing Go?

July 30, 2014 by David Edmondson

Affordable Housing

People regularly complain that there isn’t enough affordable housing being built in the Marin area, and they blame the developer for it. Quite often, however, it’s neighborhood concerns – often quite reasonable – that drive up the cost of development.[read more]

Battle of the Public Intellectuals: Edward Glaeser vs. Richard Florida

July 25, 2014 by Jim Russell

Intellectuals and Public Debate

Austin has a gentrification problem. Dallas has a gentrification problem. Houston has a gentrification problem. On the other hand, Brownsville looks dirt cheap. If cost of rent drives migration, then everyone in Austin should move to Pittsburgh, or Brownsville (which offers even cheaper rent than Pittsburgh).[read more]

Obstacles Ahead for São Paulo's Master Plan

July 22, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Sao Paulo's Plan

The Master Plan of the city of São Paulo is a set of guidelines, backed by the power of local law, whose purpose is to guide urban growth through the next sixteen years. The new plan was approved this week after nine months of discussions among councilors to arrive at the final version.[read more]

Milan's City of Business: Urban Planning in Economic Form

July 16, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Milan Urban Business Planning

It is both impressive and beautiful to understand the evolution of Milan, simply by looking at its skyline. Like any other Italian city, even if it may not be as pronounced as it is in Rome or Venice, Milan has a central core pattern of architecture.[read more]

Affordable Housing: Geography of Supply and Demand

July 14, 2014 by Jim Russell

Geography and Housing and Supply and Demand

Consider a metro area, which is functionally defined in terms of commuting for work. The wages within the region act as a cap on the high-end of the real estate market. At a minimum, housing supply is responsive to population change. Less people need less housing.[read more]

Landlords Forced to Update Bedsit and Studio Style Apartments in Dublin, Ireland

July 12, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Dublin and Landlords

Since new regulations came into effect in Dublin, it is impossible to deny their impact on the housing market. The increase in the number of houses coming on the market that are divided into a number of individual units is undeniable and for-sale signs have popped up outside many places.[read more]

Further Evidence that Laneway Housing is Going to Happen

July 11, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Laneway Housing

Earlier this week Fast Company ran a piece talking about “the next big thing in urban planning" — backyard cottages. As the name suggests, backyard cottages are basically accessory dwellings built in the backyards of existing single family homes.[read more]