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Does New Housing Create New Demand for Housing?

One argument against new housing is that it creates demand for housing, thus increasing housing prices.
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Cities as Playgrounds...For Children

Even when urban centers are losing families, this trend does not necessarily apply to rich areas near downtown.
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The Media Attacks Urbanism

A recent Newsweek article on urbanism is chock-full of nonsense.
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The Neighborhood Veto and the 'Missing Middle'

Community resistance may explain why smaller apartment buildings are hard to build.
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A Utopian Solution to NIMBYism and High Housing Costs

The housing shortages caused by restrictive zoning are easy to solve in principle—even if the solutions are politically impossible.
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Sprawl and the Declining City

Sprawl lowers real estate values in cheap, declining cities—but it may also have social costs that aren't as relevant elsewhere.
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The Same Old Misconceptions

Misconceptions about New Urbanism persist.
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Retrofitting the Cul-de-Sac

A recent book on retrofitting sprawl contains numerous proposals to revise cul-de-sacs—all of which are interesting, even if politically infeasible.
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Justice Scalia and the Takings Clause

Summarizes Justice Scalia's most important Takings Clause decisions.
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Right to the City

You may not have a moral right to live in an expensive city—but does the government have a moral right to exclude you?

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