Downtown Los Angeles. CC image from Nadia Kovacs.
The paper of the day, from Michael Manville: “Parking requirements as a barrier to housing development: regulation and reform in Los Angeles”
Abstract: Using a partial deregulation of residential parking in downtown Los Angeles, I examine the impact of minimum parking requirements on housing development. I find that
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Salon.com has an interesting slideshow of the 10 most segregated cities in America. The data comes from the 2010 Census, and the methodology to determine the level of segregation is based on differences between census tracts:
We may think of segregation as a matter of ancient Southern history: lunch counter sit-ins, bus boycotts and Ku
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One thing that always struck me about LA – whether from browsing Google Maps or from Die Hard – is that there seemed to be a lot of helicopter landing pads on top of high rise buildings. Was this for movie filming opportunities, or perhaps thinking of helicopters as a means to bypass
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There’s been a horde of great parking posts in the last few days:
First, Jarrett Walker documents San Francisco’s new adventure in market pricing for on-street spaces:
The goal is to ensure that there’s always a space available, so that people stop endlessly driving in circles looking for parking. People will be able to check
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The Infrastructural City – Something I’m eagerly anticipating is a sort of on-line book club discussion of the infrastructural city, spearheaded by mammoth.
Over the course of the next several months, mammoth will be coordinating an online discussion of The Infrastructural City: Networked Ecologies in Los Angeles (edited by Kazys Varnelis
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Back in my hometown, yesterday marked the first day of revenue service for the Northstar commuter rail line between Big Lake and downtown Minneapolis. This is Minneapolis’ first heavy rail commuter line, which will look for a quick expansion to the originally planned terminus of St. Cloud, MN.
Yonah Freemark offers his assessment at The Transport
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