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Michael Lewyn is an assistant professor at Touro Law Center in Long Island.
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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.

The Theory Behind NIMBYism, Part 3

When should a city give neighborhood concerns weight, and when should a state or city create clear-cut rules that limit planners' discretion to consider neighborhood concerns?

Job Sprawl and Commuting Times

Suburbanization has not led to shorter commutes—except perhaps for residents of the most job-rich, affluent suburbs.

The Theory of NIMBYism, Part 2

Homeowners' desire for more expensive land does not justify the "NIMBY veto" over new development.

The Sunlight Myth

Tall buildings and sunlight can amicably coexist- sometimes.

Should Students Be Zoned Out?

Although suburbs with college campuses are often eager to zone out students, this sort of exclusionary zoning has its own negative side effects.

More Thoughts On The Realtors' Survey

In addition to revealing public preferences for single-family homes and walkable communities, a recent survey conducted for the National Association of Realtors contains a variety of other small surprises.

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