Shane is a Masters student at the University of Southern California and an advocate for cities where cars are optional, housing is affordable, and residents are safe and healthy. Follow him on Twitter at @shanedphillips.
A "Race to the Top" proposal for HUD to help off-set the difficulties of delivering affordable housing in high-priced, high-mobility metros.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 6:00am PDT
The 2014 National Realtor's Survey asked consumers for preferences in housing and neighborhood types. Although preferences trended toward the suburban, the number of people who want to live in urban areas is under-supplied by multi-family housing.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 5:00am PDT
Insurance coverage hasn’t kept up with the cost of medical care and property damage caused by crashes. And whether we drive or not, when someone can’t pay for the damage they’ve done, we all have to pick up the tab.
Friday, February 28, 2014 - 5:00am PST
Workers with long commutes are more likely to be be tired and stressed at work, and businesses are learning that they often make for less productive employees.
Friday, February 14, 2014 - 6:00am PST
If we really want more people to use transit, and we think it's a worthwhile goal to subsidize people's commutes, why go through all the trouble of tax deductions and employer control? Why not just subsidize transit passes directly?
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 12:30pm PST
Besides wasting billions of taxpayer dollars, road-building may actually be holding back economic growth overall.
Monday, January 20, 2014 - 10:30am PST
A fascinating new study found that drivers perceive exactly the same things more negatively than those who walk, bike, or take transit. These findings have a few interesting implications.
Monday, December 30, 2013 - 2:00pm PST
While there's no denying the fact that the number of children in many American cities has declined, it's untrue that urban life is incompatible with raising a family, or that families in cities are being replaced by singles and childless couples.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 3:00pm PST
As the housing market recovers, are we back to the McMansion-binges of the 2000s? Or, are we growing just a little bit smarter?
Monday, December 2, 2013 - 4:00pm PST
What's so special about single-family homes that we'd rather preserve them than prevent the displacement and financial distress of thousands of low- and moderate-income renters?
Monday, November 25, 2013 - 2:30pm PST