a strong town naturally blends housing styles at many different price points.
This can be accomplished with several tactics:
- Encourage small-scale incremental development to empower local residents and increase community wealth.
- Adjust zoning laws to allow for more choices within the marketplace.
- Remove distortions in the federal mortgage market which favor the creation of single-family homes while discouraging any other housing style. (We explored this concept in depth in a series of articles in February 2016.)
The mechanism creating inflated housing prices in cities like Portland is actually relatively simple.
Homeowners who oppose the kinds of things that many urbanists find sensible aren't oblivious, exceptionally selfish, or deserving of being demonized. They are responding to a set of very rational incentives, and those rational incentives are at the heart of why it's going to be extremely difficult to alter the course of the Suburban Experiment in a meaningful way.
Questioning 4 common arguments about why housing is unaffordable in Portland.
The White House takes aim at some of the our cities' worst development practices.
Large surface parking lots do not make good neighbors.
This suburb is a growing place, but it's not a successful place. It has almost no chance of becoming fiscally productive, environmentally sustainable, or a prosperous community full of upwardly mobile individuals and families. It risks becoming, instead, an increasingly isolating place full of people who are cut off from the economic mainstream.
The state of Florida went all-in on the suburban experiment in a way that few other places did. Overbuilt and half empty, many Florida suburbs will never climb out of debt and decline.
These places all have many of the physical elements needed for success, quite frankly, because they were built for it originally. What they need most is people; people that care about the place and have the energy to make it better.
Tiny homes are one way to increase housing options and improve affordability, but they also present numerous zoning and regulatory challenges for the entrepreneurial spirits trying to build them.
A diverse array of housing types in each neighborhood makes Tulsa, OK a surprisingly great town for millennials with children.
My attempts to build a tiny home have been thwarted by a hostile regulatory environment at every turn. So here's what I did instead.
A recent Newsweek article on urbanism is chock-full of nonsense.
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