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Michael Lewyn is an assistant professor at Touro Law Center in Long Island.
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Learning From My Condo

Even if new housing is expensive, it can reduce overall housing prices by causing existing units to become more affordable.

Let Our Children Walk

Many Americans believe children should not be free to walk alone, because of crime and traffic. But children constantly driven around by their parents or locked away at home are also subject to significant risks.

Highway to Serfdom

Classical liberal commentator F.A. Hayek argued that monomaniacal government planning would eventually lead to limits on individual freedom—and government hostility to pedestrians may be an example of this.

Mission Accomplished? Not Yet

Even if today's renters and homebuyers are more likely to want urban life and walkable neighborhoods than their parents, plenty of political obstacles stand in their way.

Transit-Oriented Cities and Safety: Another Look

Transit-oriented cities are safer than car-dependent cities of comparable size, especially if one considers traffic fatalities in car-dependent cities.

Transit, Density, and Congestion

The most transit-oriented metro areas often have lower levels of traffic congestion than one might expect based on their size.

Parks for Pedestrians: No Easy Matter

A heavily wooded park requires investments in maps and trails to be truly pedestrian-friendly.

Does Low Congestion Mean Urban Failure?

The least congested cities tend to be small, declining, and dangerous.

A Parking Paradox

Minimum parking requirements affect developer behavior most where they are most controversial: in downtown neighborhoods. In suburbs where they may just mimic the market, the arguments for such rules are paradoxically even weaker.

Gentrification and High Rents—Not Quite the Same Thing

Public concern about gentrification is based on fears that out-of-control rents are pricing out the middle and lower classes. But rent is rising even in places where gentrification is not happening.

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