Michael Lewyn is an assistant professor at Touro Law Center in Long Island.
American reliance on property taxes leads to NIMBYism and periodic tax revolts, thus impeding both development and basic public services.
Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 1:07pm PDT
Shutting down cities as a response to terrorism makes such violence more rewarding and thus more tempting.
Monday, June 3, 2013 - 5:13pm PDT
Municipal comprehensive plans are neither necessary nor sufficient for smart growth.
Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 9:51am PDT
Municipal setback requirements inconvenience pedestrians for no good reason.
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 12:47pm PDT
A Gallup poll asked residents of each Congressional district whether they felt safe walking alone at night in their city or area. Although city residents feared crime more than suburbs, there were some surprises.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 3:22pm PDT
Opponents of high- and mid-rise development often use the term "vertical sprawl." But in fact there is little similarity between high-rise infill and suburban sprawl: the major arguments against one do not apply to the other.
Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 12:19pm PDT
Do skyscrapers cause 9-to-5 business districts?
Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 4:05pm PDT
A recent study suggesting that mixed-use zoning increases crime is not as persuasive as it might seem at first glance.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 7:24am PST
There may be a way to supply some of the benefits of form-based codes without heavy-handed aesthetic regulation. In theory, a form-based code could be limited to verifiable characteristics such as setbacks, yard types, building height, frontage size and lot coverage.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 12:13pm PST
Shopping for bulky items can be one of the challenges of living car free. Here are three of the best ways I've found for dealing with the problem.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 9:02pm PST