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Do Property Tax Caps Help or Hurt Communities?

Do Property Tax Caps Help or Hurt Communities?

Property tax cap laws have been around for decades and are now on the books in 44 states — most recently in Texas. So why are we still surprised when they make our local communities more fragile and less resilient?

De-Suburbanizing Suburbia: Is It Possible?

De-Suburbanizing Suburbia: Is It Possible?

What’s the most suburban kind of place you can think of? If you said an outlet mall, you’re probably not alone. Is there a path to incrementally retrofit these malls to a more human-scaled environment… and even if there is, is it worth the trouble?

The Tax Burden Footprint of Tax-Exempt Properties

The Tax Burden Footprint of Tax-Exempt Properties

Tax-exempt properties have a significant fiscal footprint. Do we understand the impacts we create through the too-often wasteful way we design and build public facilities such as city halls, schools, libraries, and parks?

How Did We Get Used to Out-of-Scale Cities?

How Did We Get Used to Out-of-Scale Cities?

What exactly is the “human scale”? And have you ever thought about just how little of the public space in your city is designed at that scale—even in places you think of as walkable?

What's In Your City's Wallet?

What's In Your City's Wallet?

City officials often ask, “What target price point for new homes will ensure that we can balance our books?” Here’s why they’re asking the wrong question.