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The Media Attacks Urbanism

A recent Newsweek article on urbanism is chock-full of nonsense.
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The Neighborhood Veto and the 'Missing Middle'

Community resistance may explain why smaller apartment buildings are hard to build.
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A Utopian Solution to NIMBYism and High Housing Costs

The housing shortages caused by restrictive zoning are easy to solve in principle—even if the solutions are politically impossible.
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Sprawl and the Declining City

Sprawl lowers real estate values in cheap, declining cities—but it may also have social costs that aren't as relevant elsewhere.
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The Same Old Misconceptions

Misconceptions about New Urbanism persist.
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Retrofitting the Cul-de-Sac

A recent book on retrofitting sprawl contains numerous proposals to revise cul-de-sacs—all of which are interesting, even if politically infeasible.
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Justice Scalia and the Takings Clause

Summarizes Justice Scalia's most important Takings Clause decisions.
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Right to the City

You may not have a moral right to live in an expensive city—but does the government have a moral right to exclude you?
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Which Suburbs Have Futures?

The suburbs most likely to prosper are those with wealth and/or walkability.
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Two Types of Black Suburbanization

African-American migration may reflect an attempt to escape poverty-related social ills rather than an attempt to escape gentrification.

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