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Michael Lewyn is an assistant professor at Touro Law Center in Long Island.
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Not Racist—but Similar to Racism

Low-density zoning is not racist in the narrowest sense of the term—but it does have similar goals to racist housing policies and creates similar problems.

Airbnb and Affordable Housing, Part 2

This post discusses the argument that even if Airbnb affects an extremely small portion of the rental market, it still matters because of the low vacancy rates of some cities.

Are Foreigners to Blame for High Housing Prices?

One common argument against allowing new housing in popular cities is that as long as rich foreigners use up the housing supply prices will never go down.

The Case Against Jaywalking Laws, Part 2

Laws designed to keep pedestrians off streets are not merely useless, but create a variety of social harms.

Light Rail Doesn't Always Mean Fewer Buses

Cities that have recently adopted light rail sometimes actually add bus riders.

Do Millennials Opt for Cities or Suburbs? Yes.

Recent stories claiming that millenials either (a) prefer cities to suburbs or (b) prefer suburbs to cities both have some basis in reality.

When States Should Blow the Whistle

States regulate local governments too much in some areas, but not enough in others.

How to Lead a Walking Tour

Leading a walking tour of your neighborhood can be easy if you focus on the basic differences between types of neighborhoods.

Airbnb and Affordable Housing

Does apartment-sharing reduce regional housing supply? Probably not very much.

Libertarian-Friendly Drought Control

Arid states can both reduce water use and avoid intrusive government by eliminating zoning regulations that mandate or encourage water-wasting lawns.