Michael Lewyn's blog

Michael Lewyn is an assistant professor at Touro Law Center in Long Island.
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The Economics of Rent Control

A simple explanation of why strict rent control reduces housing supply, and why moderate rent control does so to a much lesser extent.

What HUD's Been Up To

The new "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing" rule may impose additional paperwork burdens on local government, but is unlikely to cause major policy changes.

Cities, the Middle Class, and Children

Joel Kotkin argues that Jane Jacobs's insights are of limited value because cities are no longer useful for middle-class families.

The Failure of Preservation

Attempts to limit new construction to preserve neighborhood character are an example of "beggar thy neighbor" politics.

Not Racist—but Similar to Racism

Low-density zoning is not racist in the narrowest sense of the term—but it does have similar goals to racist housing policies and creates similar problems.

Airbnb and Affordable Housing, Part 2

This post discusses the argument that even if Airbnb affects an extremely small portion of the rental market, it still matters because of the low vacancy rates of some cities.

Are Foreigners to Blame for High Housing Prices?

One common argument against allowing new housing in popular cities is that as long as rich foreigners use up the housing supply prices will never go down.

The Case Against Jaywalking Laws, Part 2

Laws designed to keep pedestrians off streets are not merely useless, but create a variety of social harms.

Light Rail Doesn't Always Mean Fewer Buses

Cities that have recently adopted light rail sometimes actually add bus riders.

Do Millennials Opt for Cities or Suburbs? Yes.

Recent stories claiming that millenials either (a) prefer cities to suburbs or (b) prefer suburbs to cities both have some basis in reality.