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In Mexico we occupy streets in a very particular manner—it may seem chaotic, but it is actually very complex and organized.

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Category Archives: Urban Issues

March 22, 2017
Transit and Home Values
City Observatory

Homes with better transit access command higher prices, especially in cities with good transit.

Housing Markets Aren’t Like Musical Chairs
The Urbanist

Pro formas–the budgeting spreadsheets developers use to demonstrate the financial viability of their projects to banks and investors–are hard to get right. And even when they’re right, they represent a snapshot in time rather than a guarantee of what will happen in the future.

Catalyzing Economic Success for Every Citizen
Governing Magazine

The Brookings Institution Deputy Director, Alan Berube, delves into how city leaders can combat the fractious effect of inequality for long-term sustainable economic growth. Learn the 3 key areas you should focus on.

March 21, 2017
Big Cities See Benefits, Challenges From IoT

As many of the world’s biggest urban centers implement Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in a quest to become “smart cities”, there are significant challenges along the way, including security, privacy and safety for citizens.

TX City Loses 800 W2s in Phishing Scam
American City and County

A “spear phishing” scam has left 803 current and former employees of San Marcos, Texas, at risk of having confidential information stolen.

To Build Better Cities, We Must Overcome Inequality

We think of cities as having existed for millennia – but only a few are that old, and they were all extremely small. Most people in the world have only lived in a city in the current generation. Most people who have ever lived in large cities are alive today.

How Neuroscience Makes Design Smarter

We have used economics, creativity, and technology to shape the built environment—and now it’s time for science to become the final piece in this puzzle.

Cities and the Trump Budget
Metropolitan History

There are many ways to critique the budget plan outlined by the Trump administration last week. Priorities skew toward a bloated military and away from aid to poor people. But it’s also a budget that takes dead aim at cities and at local governments more generally.

America’s Great Housing Supply Race

Between 2010 and 2016, when overall national housing permits ticked up each year following the recession, most major metros have issued housing permit numbers in the high 4- or low 5-figures annually. But three metros have stood far above the rest.

Ohio Cities Sue Over State Law on Wireless Antennas
Columbus Dispatch

A hearing will be held March 30 in Summit County Common Pleas Court on a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction sought by 20 northeast Ohio cities and villages who want to stop a new state wireless equipment law that goes into effect today.

March 20, 2017
Amazon Close to Breaking Wal-Mart Record for Subsidies
Bloomberg BNA

Amazon, the national leader in e-commerce sales, is expected to vault past a record for state and local tax subsidies held for many years by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the undisputed king of brick-and-mortar retail sales.

Trump, Populists See Themselves At War With Big Cities
Washington Post

The cover story in the Outlook section of The Washington Post’s Sunday paper, written by Will Wilkinson of the Niskanen Center, asked and answered a powerful question: Why does President Trump demonize cities?

Section 8 Fight Puts Spotlight On Minneapolis Housing Authority

The law proposed by the three council members would amend Minneapolis’ civil rights ordinances to prohibit discrimination in real estate by adding “status with regard to public assistance” to a list of factors that landlords can’t use when choosing tenants.

Michigan Property Values Remain Far Below 2008 Levels

In most communities in Michigan, the value of all property — residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial — remains below 2008. Only a few communities have seen residential values climb above 2008 while agricultural communities saw bigger increases.

The High Cost of Non-Profit Subsidized Housing
Smart Growth Seattle

I’ve been pointing out the high cost of affordable housing for awhile now. I have referred to the cost by talking about the cost per unit, and highlighting the 12th Avenue Arts project on Capitol Hill in particular.


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