Top 5 Stories from the Week (Feb 25–Mar 1, 2019)

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1. 8 Things Your Town Can Do to Add More Housing (Without Spending a Dime)

by Nolan Gray | February 27, 2019

Not every city’s situation is the same—but just about every city that needs more homes could benefit from one or more of these policies.

2. Is Your City Racing to the Bottom or the Top?

by Jordan Clark | February 21, 2019

In a “sort-by-price” world, you should be careful getting into a race to the bottom. This applies as much to cities as businesses.

3. Modern Monetary Theory and the End of Recessions

by Charles Marohn | February 25, 2019

Modern Monetary Theory suggests that recessions can be avoided – along with lots of unnecessary pain – if policymakers will commit the resources to preempt them. Sounds like the same promise the Forest Service made fighting fires last century.

4. Only 1 in 5 U.S. Households is a Nuclear Family. Our Housing Stock Hasn't Caught Up.

by Daniel Herriges | February 26, 2019

Making Room: Housing for a Changing America is a new report from the AARP and the National Building Museum that explores how the way Americans live together has changed—and how our housing stock hasn’t, but could.

5. Why Routine Traffic Stops Don't Make Us Safer

Strong Towns Podcast | February 25, 2019

Speed enforcement won’t fix what’s actually a street design problem. And the way we use speed enforcement as a tool to accomplish other goals unrelated to speeding ends up not making anyone safer.

(Cover photo from Making Room report by AARP and the National Building Museum)