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Visualizing Hyperdensity

The most dense neighborhood in Manhattan is surprisingly low-key.
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Greyhound as an Urban Place

Like train stations, Greyhound stations can be tolerable urban places- or they can be another example of suburban sprawl.
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Car-Free in Detroit

A short guide to a few of Detroit's historic neighborhoods.
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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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