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Michael Lewyn is an assistant professor at Touro Law Center in Long Island.
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The Theory Behind NIMBYism, Part 3

When should a city give neighborhood concerns weight, and when should a state or city create clear-cut rules that limit planners' discretion to consider neighborhood concerns?

Job Sprawl and Commuting Times

Suburbanization has not led to shorter commutes—except perhaps for residents of the most job-rich, affluent suburbs.

The Theory of NIMBYism, Part 2

Homeowners' desire for more expensive land does not justify the "NIMBY veto" over new development.

The Sunlight Myth

Tall buildings and sunlight can amicably coexist- sometimes.

Should Students Be Zoned Out?

Although suburbs with college campuses are often eager to zone out students, this sort of exclusionary zoning has its own negative side effects.

More Thoughts On The Realtors' Survey

In addition to revealing public preferences for single-family homes and walkable communities, a recent survey conducted for the National Association of Realtors contains a variety of other small surprises.

Transit Ridership—Debunking the Debunkers (Sort Of)

In response to the news that transit ridership reached an all-time high in 2013, commentators of all stripes sought to deny or minimize the news. But such arguments are themselves flawed.

The Theory Behind NIMBYism

Why should people have veto power over anything built in their neighborhood?

And the Feel-Good Oscar Goes To...

Discussing some of the most pro-urban movies ever made.

Urbanists Left and Right

Conservatives are becoming more visible within the smart growth movement; they differ in some ways both from liberal smart growth activists and from conventional conservatives.