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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 13, 2017
Where Is ‘Rural America’ Anyway?

“Rural America” is a deceptively simple term for a remarkably diverse collection of places. There is actually remarkable continuity and dramatic changes in the size, composition, and distribution of the population spread across the vast rural landscape.

March 12, 2017
The Businesses That Suffer From Gentrification
Denver Post

Businesses across the country are landing in similar positions as cities remake gritty, industrial districts into trendy hotspots with glassy apartment buildings, coffee shops and microbreweries.

State of California May Step In To Fair Housing Debate
California Planning & Development Report

Now that federal government seems likely to pull the plug on the federal Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, California is considering several counterveiling steps, including a state law backstopping the rule.

Sacramento Won’t Fix CA’s Housing Woes
Streetsblog Cal

A report by California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office released Wednesday lays out the limits of state power to solve California’s worsening housing crisis.

Miami Mega-Project Promises To Quell Traffic
The Sun-Sentinel

American Dream Miami, an amusement park-shopping mall planned just south of the Broward County line, moved a step closer to approval Friday, after promising to address neighbors’ traffic nightmares.

Chicago Developer To Lease Historic Pittsburgh Building
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Nearly three years in the making, a Chicago developer finally has reached a deal to redevelop the Strip District’s historic produce terminal, a project that will start with the creation of a new “food centric” public market at the building’s western end.

Why Toronto Needs A Foreign-Buyers Tax
The Globe and Mail

The Ontario government is reconsidering its opposition to a foreign-buyer tax for the Toronto market, according to Finance Minister Charles Sousa. Introducing a stiff foreign-buyer tax is a smart policy move and they should do so without delay. Here’s why.

Can Cities Like Harrisburg Survive?

Property taxes represent about 28 percent of Harrisburg’s overall revenue stream but the future for real estate revenues appears dim. The city’s property tax revenue has fallen flat with property owners regularly challenging and lowering their assessments.

March 9, 2017
Trump Considers $6B Cut to HUD Budget
Washington Post

The Trump administration has considered more than $6 billion in cuts at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to preliminary budget documents obtained by The Washington Post.

L.A. Mayor’s Chance to Reshape The City
Los Angeles Times

Widely but not wildly popular, Eric Garcetti, 46, has packaged himself as a back-to-basics mayor, a persona that tends to keep his political instincts and sizable ambition obscured. That’s not to say he doesn’t have an opportunity to put a major imprint on the city.

Tax Breaks Are Dumb, Long Live Tax Breaks
Seattle Times

More evidence arrives that most state and local tax incentives don’t work. But try telling that to the elected leaders of a hollowed-out region — or even a prosperous one that sees one of its leading economic clusters in danger.

The Continued Growth of Multigenerational Living
Housing Perspectives

A substantial number and share of older Americans are living in “multigenerational” households, according to our analysis of recently released 2015 American Community Survey one-year population estimates.

5 Reasons to Love St. Paul’s Ford Site Plans

There have been years of work putting together ideas for the Ford site in St. Paul. The hope is that, once these broad plans are adopted, a Ford will sell the site to a willing developer who will flesh out these guidelines into a detailed proposal.

What Are The Issues In The Manchester Mayoral Race?
City Metric

Some weeks after its launch, the Centre for Cities’ briefing on the three top policy priorities for the new metro mayor of Greater Manchester continues to generate much debate and reaction among mayoral candidates, the media and local residents.

3 Models of Building for Innovation in Philadelphia
Urban Land Institute

Embracing the concept of a minimum viable product and partnering with anchor institutions are two of the ways that a group of Philadelphia development professionals said they are working to create a built environment that enables collaboration and experimentation.

March 8, 2017
The Affordable Housing “Foreign Buyers” Argument
Market Urbanism

A common argument against new housing supply is that in high-cost cities such as New York, demand from foreign buyers is so overwhelming as to make new supply irrelevant. A recent study by two business school professors suggests otherwise.

St. Louis’ New Mayor Elected Without Northside Support
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Lyda Krewson’s narrow Democratic mayoral primary victory Tuesday relied on overwhelming support from her base in the central west, southwest and downtown areas — and virtually none in some northern parts of the city.

Housing Brass Tacks: The Money
Urban Omnibus

In the third Housing Brass Tacks discussion, we asked: What’s the math of affordable housing? Where does the money come from and what’s it used for? Mark Willis, the Senior Policy Fellow at NYU, took us through the structure of affordable housing finance.


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