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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.
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When States Should Blow the Whistle

States regulate local governments too much in some areas, but not enough in others.
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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.
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Airbnb and Affordable Housing

Does apartment-sharing reduce regional housing supply? Probably not very much.
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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.
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Cars Are Expensive (And Other Things the Census Taught Me)

National tables from the 2013 American Household Survey (AHS) are now public.
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What Density-Phobia Gets Wrong

In her article, "What Champions of Urban Density Get Wrong," the Philadelphia Inquirer's Inga Saffron critiques attempts to increase urban population. This post responds to her work.
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What Property Professors Are Writing About

A recent property professors' conference discussed a variety of issues of possible interest to planners including tightened home lending standards, municipal policies affecting the homeless, the Fair Housing Act, and inclusionary zoning.
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Suburban Multifamily: Smart Growth or Smart Sprawl?

In suburbia, the line between smart growth and conventional sprawl is sometimes a blurry one.
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Supply and Demand Denialism

Some progressives deny that the law of supply and demand applies to housing.

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