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The Theory of NIMBYism, Part 2

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

Tall buildings and sunlight can amicably coexist- sometimes.
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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.
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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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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.
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The Theory Behind NIMBYism

Why should people have veto power over anything built in their neighborhood?
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And the Feel-Good Oscar Goes To...

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

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

Anti-jaywalking laws are based upon questionable assumptions.

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