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Michael Lewyn is an assistant professor at Touro Law Center in Long Island.
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Transit Ridership—Debunking the Debunkers (Sort Of)

In response to the news that transit ridership reached an all-time high in 2013, commentators of all stripes sought to deny or minimize the news. But such arguments are themselves flawed.

The Theory Behind NIMBYism

Why should people have veto power over anything built in their neighborhood?

And the Feel-Good Oscar Goes To...

Discussing some of the most pro-urban movies ever made.

Urbanists Left and Right

Conservatives are becoming more visible within the smart growth movement; they differ in some ways both from liberal smart growth activists and from conventional conservatives.

One Failure of Suburbia

Are suburbanites less fearful of crime than city-dwellers? Maybe not.

Legalize Jaywalking

Anti-jaywalking laws are based upon questionable assumptions.

The Roots of Snowmageddon

Last week, many Atlantans were stuck in traffic overnight because of fewer than three inches of snow. What went wrong?

Learning from Chicago's Schools

As the north side of Chicago has gentrified, many Chicago schools' test scores have improved- evidence that if a city neighborhood attracts enough affluent families, its schools will become more attractive as well.

Affordable Housing Is Two Separate Issues

The policies that create affordable housing for the middle class might not be those necessary to prevent homelessness for the destitute.

An Urbanist Tu'b'Shevat Seder

How to bring an urbanist slant to the Jewish holiday of Tu'b'Shevat next week