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The Trump Administration: Good for Transit?

The conventional progressive wisdom is that the Trump Administration will be bad for cities and for transit users. But in recent decades, a unified Republican government has been better for public transit than a divided government.
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While Rural America Zigged, Suburban Sprawl Zagged

In 2016, Republicans did worse than usual in affluent sprawl suburbs, while gaining a little ground in working-class cities.
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Does Suburbia Promote Fertility?

In Joel Kotkin's new book The Human City, he argues that suburbanization promotes higher birthrates. But this policy doesn't seem to have worked so far.
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Are States Too Active or Not Active Enough? Yes.

State governments like to limit local taxing authority but not local zoning—maybe they should do the exact opposite.
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Urban Containment: Sometimes Bad, Sometimes Not So Much

Some commentators on urban containment treat the issue as all-or-nothing: either strict limits on suburban development are good public policy everywhere, or they are good public policy nowhere. Perhaps a more nuanced view is appropriate.
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CIAM's Third Way

A blog post comparing the Athens Charter, written by modernist architects in the 1930s, to traditional urbanism and modern sprawl.
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What Kind Of Commute Makes People Happy?

The conventional planning wisdom seems to be that long drives are less beneficial to well-being than a short walk. But what about other commuting options?
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The Los Angeles Mystery

A blog post exploring why Los Angeles is more car-dependent than some less dense cities.
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Does Sprawl Make People Libertarian?

Criticizes the idea that suburbanization has made Americans more libertarian.
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Visualizing Hyperdensity

The most dense neighborhood in Manhattan is surprisingly low-key.

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