1954 GMC Suburban Ad – CC image from Alden Jewell
Hot of the presses last week at The Atlantic Cities was a piece from Feargus O’Sullivan entitled “Why I Moved Back to the Suburbs.” Without touching on the reasons for O’Sullivan to make that move, the very premise depends on what you call a suburb.
Continue reading ‘Suburb:’ an increasingly worthless term
House for rent. CC image from Sean Dreilinger
Foreclosed sprawl – the next frontier of renting? The New York Times looks at the practice of firms buying up foreclosed, cookie cutter sprawl housing at relatively low prices with the idea of renting these houses out to tenants.
As an inspector for the Waypoint Real Estate Group,
Continue reading Links: The new American Dream
CC image from Jaybird
A few more thoughts (and links) to discussion from The Rent is Too Damn High.
On rent control: Mike Konzcal (linking to JW Mason) notes how Yglesias’ book is more or less an endorsement of renting, yet rent control and similar sorts of tenant protections are part of what helps give renters
Continue reading The rent is still too damn high
The Gated City in action: Today’s Washington Post on the inadequacy of the region’s housing supply in meeting demand. In short, Ryan Avent called it. The region is producing jobs, people want to move here, yet it hasn’t been able to produce enough housing to meet that demand. From the Post article:
“If businesses find they
Continue reading The gated Washington region
CC – by Atwater Village Newbie
Ahh, the power of creeping bias in language (hat tip to Jarrett Walker):
Everyone at the City should strive to make the transportation systems operate as efficiently as possible. However, we must be careful how we use efficient because that word is frequently confused with the word faster. Typically, efficiency
Continue reading A matter of language – defining congestion and sprawl
When reading discussions about sprawl, one thing often becomes painfully clear – no one quite knows exactly how to define sprawl. Defining sprawl probably bears some similarities to Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart’s famous definition of obscene pornography – “I know it when I see it.” Indeed, when we’re talking about a qualitative measure
Continue reading Defining sprawl
Image from Dean Terry on flickr
There’s been a great back and forth across the blogosphere in the past few days on sprawl, zoning, land use regulation, and market forces. A brief synopsis and chronology:
3/18, 8:47 am – Randal O’Toole – complete with terms like ‘poppycock’ that completely fit the mental image I have of
Continue reading A sprawling synopsis