Here's what got the most reads on our site this week:
1. The Real Reason Your Local Mall is Failing
by Charles Marohn | April 23, 2018
The closing of the mall’s anchor store exposes how fragile the community’s business model is, providing an opening to shift approach.
2. Stuck: Why Rent and Mortgage-burdened Americans Don’t Always Move to Cheaper Pastures
by Kea Wilson | April 25, 2018
It’s about so much more than just the cost of housing.
3. Why Development-Oriented Transit is Better than Transit-Oriented Development
by Rachel Quednau | April 25, 2018
Great places need a train less than a train needs a great place.
4. Gerontopoly: Homeownership, Wealth, and Age
by Joe Cortright | April 25, 2018
Is the “dream” of homeownership really just a massive, intergenerational wealth transfer? Recently, that’s just how it has worked out.
5. Cohousing Offers Community and a Different Way to Live
by Bridget Newsham | April 23, 2018
But affordable options are few and far between.
(Top photo source: U.S. Air Force photo by Matt Bilden)
This week we offered our take on what cities and states should do in the wake of Amazon’s NYC debacle, took a tour of Memphis’s own economic-development gamble gone awry, explored a counterintuitive truth about North American vs. European development patterns, and more.
This week we talked about megaprojects, from the precarious future of California high-speed rail to the precarious financial math behind the ambitious Green New Deal proposal. And we shared a couple lessons in how to productively think small about our cities instead.
This week we talked about Atlanta’s backwards approach to transit; why suburban infrastructure used to be more frugal than it is now; and the surprising financial and social wealth of poor neighborhoods. And the podcasts on the list have something for you whether you’re an entrepreneur, citizen advocate, or hardcore policy wonk.
This week we examined what can happen when a small town does away with parking minimums (hint: a lot of good things). We also looked at the ups and downs of tax-increment financing, how much is too much traffic on a neighborhood street, double standards for cars and other forms of urban transportation, and more.
This week we took a good look at the sustainability of infrastructure costs, both in micro (a single street) and macro (a whole city), discussed why complex housing problems and brute-force solutions don’t mix, and more.
This week we examined what the design of our places says about isolation and social trust, and why that matters when tragedy strikes. We explored the value of bottom-up experimentation in cities; celebrated a victory for free speech and public input; questioned whether all growth counts as economic development; debated a controversial solution to affordable housing shortages, and more.