I just finished a nice, quick read of Matt Yglesias’ new e-book The Rent is too Damn High. Following in the same vein as Ryan Avent’s The Gated City, Yglesias documents the perverse economic impacts of development regulations and restrictions on urban areas. Though not as well sourced and without the in-depth discussion of Avent’s
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Soldier Field, US v. Honduras World Cup Qualifier, summer 2009. CC image from flickr
The US has narrowed their list of potential host cities for the US Soccer Federation’s bid to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup – and shockingly, that list does not include the Windy City.
The final cities are Atlanta,
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Wonder Woman wants streetcars. Awesome.
Unintended Consequences. Discovering Urbanism (cross posted on GGW) notes how well-intentioned regulations on reducing stormwater runoff can have some seriously counter-productive consequences.
Sometimes genuinely smart and well-intentioned people err by focusing intently on the piece of the puzzle they have been commissioned to solve, thereby missing the larger system within which their
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The Urbanophile makes no little plans with a nice review and synopsis of transportation’s role in Daniel Burnham’s famous Plan of Chicago. As someone born and raised in the Midwest, I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for Chicago.
His “City Beautiful” movement can also easily be read as a precursor to urban renewal. Indeed,
Continue reading Links – Harumph.