Michael Lewyn is an assistant professor at Touro Law Center in Long Island.
Opponents of high- and mid-rise development often use the term "vertical sprawl." But in fact there is little similarity between high-rise infill and suburban sprawl: the major arguments against one do not apply to the other.
Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 12:19pm PDT
Do skyscrapers cause 9-to-5 business districts?
Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 4:05pm PDT
A recent study suggesting that mixed-use zoning increases crime is not as persuasive as it might seem at first glance.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 7:24am PST
There may be a way to supply some of the benefits of form-based codes without heavy-handed aesthetic regulation. In theory, a form-based code could be limited to verifiable characteristics such as setbacks, yard types, building height, frontage size and lot coverage.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 12:13pm PST
Shopping for bulky items can be one of the challenges of living car free. Here are three of the best ways I've found for dealing with the problem.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 9:02pm PST
Research supports the argument that increased densities reduce vehicle miles traveled, even in areas with minimal transit service.
Monday, January 7, 2013 - 7:10pm PST
Despite the extreme weather events of the past year, most Americans are still not persuaded that climate change is primarily the result of human activity. Why not?
Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 8:31pm PST
Even in cities without world-class transit systems, transit can reduce car ownership to some extent.
Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 6:22pm PST
In the 1990s, most public argument about suburban expansion was pretty simple. Environmentalists argued that sprawl increased pollution, while their opponents responded by invoking the free market. Environmentalists and other sprawl critics (including myself) responded that sprawl is the result less of the free market than of government subsidy and regulation.
Recently I have started to notice hints of a not-so-libertarian argument for sprawl: that pro-sprawl government policies such as highway construction open up real estate for development, and thus make housing affordable.
Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 9:18am PDT
The conventional wisdom among Americans who spend
lots of time thinking about public transit is that four more years of Obama
will be good news, and the election of the Romney-Ryan ticket would be
bad. I have to admit that this belief is
by no means completely irrational: after all, President Romney will be much
less likely than President Obama to veto a transportation bill passed by a
Republican Congress, and might propose a mere austere budget than President Obama. Nevertheless, I
think there are good reasons to believe otherwise.
Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 10:56pm PDT