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Definitions (of Gentrification) Matter

Whether gentrification is common depends on how one defines it.
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Where the Candidates Live

Some presidential candidates favor sprawl, but a surprising number live in cities or inner-ring suburbs.
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New Research on Gentrification

Describing the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia's recent study on gentrification in that city.
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Supply, Demand, and Housing Prices, Part 2

Rebutting arguments against the law of supply and demand.
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Good Congestion and Bad

The phrase "traffic congestion" can be misleading; some reductions in traffic speed are less harmful than others.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The Failure of Preservation

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

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