San Francisco. CC image from C1ssou
A few days ago, Charles Marohn posted “It’s so much more than density” on his Strong Towns blog. In it, Charles pushes back against the idea that density is good, arguing that the reality of great places is more complex. Marohn’s conclusion is spot on, but throughout his post
Continue reading Density – the limitations of zoning
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Let’s take a trip up and down the Northeast Corridor and look at recent parking news. All three show some misunderstandings about parking, cities, and markets. Time for some Shoup reading assignments!
New York: Looking to discuss changes to the zoning code parking requirements in downtown Brooklyn, the New York Times comes
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Parallel parking on-street. CC image from Eyton Z.
Following up on the previous post, two pieces showing the limits of the zoning code in structuring choice architectures in urban environments:
Parking. Zoning code provisions that require adding off-street parking seriously distort both the urban fabric as well as the decision-making of individuals using those buildings – and
Continue reading Choice architecture and zoning
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In the DC urbanist blogosphere (or, David Alpert across multiple platforms), ‘choice’ is all the rage these days. GGW writes about DC Planning Director Harriet Tregoning being “pro-choice” on transportation; Alpert in the Post writing about housing choices and transportation options; and Alpert again talking about zoning and parking requirements on News
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Surface parking in Minneapolis. CC image from Zach K.
Writing in MinnPost, Marlys Harris asks why (seemingly) nothing is getting done in Minneapolis. She comes up with three broad reasons: a negative attitude towards new development, economic justifications that don’t pencil out for new projects, and the impact of zoning and land use regulations –
Continue reading Parking requirements and unintended consequences
Law Library. CC image from Janet Lindenmuth
Via the always interesting Land Use Law Professors blog, I came across this summary from interfluidity (written by Steve Waldman) of the main points of Avent, Glaeser, and Yglesias. Dubbed the econourbanists, Waldman summarizes their arguments:
In a nutshell, the econourbanists’ case is pretty simple: Cities are really important,
Continue reading What would land use regulatory reform look like?
Pittsburgh International Airport – CC image from Fred
Philip Longman and Lina Khan make the case for re-regulating America’s airlines, claiming that deregulation is killing air travel and taking de-hubbed cities like St. Louis with it (hat tip to Matt Yglesias). The authors do indeed present compelling evidence that airline deregulation has indeed shifted the
Continue reading The difficulty of unintended consequences – airlines, HSR, and deregulation
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A common theme is emerging among those thinking and writing about cities, from Ryan Avent to Ed Glaeser to Paul Krugman – our land use controls have stunted growth in our developed and productive areas – our cities. So, a simple fix would be to just allow more
Continue reading Institutional hurdles to dense infill development
Two somewhat linked thoughts from the feed reader in the last week.
Neil Flanagan, on the generational shifts amongst environmentalists from the literal to the abstract:
My (undeveloped) conjecture is: the older generation sees environmental problems from an intuitive (fishkills & pesticide) perspective, whereas the later generations see the issue in terms of abstractions (%CO2 over 10,000
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The Corner Bar, Divernon IL – CC image from Randy von Liski
A few booze-related items I thought I’d comment on:
The Hill is Home takes note of ANC 6B‘s seemingly preferred method to avoid “Adams Morganization” – a moratorium on all new liquor licenses. Nevermind that the trigger for this fear of Adams Morgan is
Continue reading Nightlife agglomerations & the corner bar