Blogs

Demographia's International Housing Affordability Surveys are widely used to compare cities and evaluate urban development policies, but there are good reasons to question their analysis methods, starting with their definition of "house." Opinion
Aug 15, 2014   By Todd Litman
Classical liberal commentator F.A. Hayek argued that monomaniacal government planning would eventually lead to limits on individual freedom—and government hostility to pedestrians may be an example of this. Opinion
Aug 15, 2014   By Michael Lewyn
Closing out the "Just Add Water" lecture series, four panelists came together to discuss climate change, cultural shifts for sustainability, and adapting Los Angeles's urban fabric for greater climate resiliency in the future. Opinion
Aug 14, 2014   By Maayan Dembo
Denver's investments in placemaking—guided by the city's great appeal to Millennials—are a mixed bag of hits, misses, and open questions. Opinion
Aug 12, 2014   By Dean Saitta
Exploding housing costs and changing social attitudes are altering the demographics of established gay neighborhoods in several big cities. As communities become more fluid, do we risk losing their culture? Opinion
Aug 11, 2014   By Mark Hough
Even if today's renters and homebuyers are more likely to want urban life and walkable neighborhoods than their parents, plenty of political obstacles stand in their way. Opinion
Aug 5, 2014   By Michael Lewyn
According to this blog post, the Aspen Ideas Festival didn't offer much that's particularly compelling, but it has its moments. Opinion
Aug 4, 2014   By Dean Saitta
While Oakland is by no means an easy place to develop real estate, the often maligned East Bay city of over 400,000 residents may very well be the Bay Area’s best place to embrace much-needed development. Opinion
Aug 4, 2014   By Reuben Duarte
Institutional structure and culture can matter as much as location to the success and survival of urban universities. Opinion
Jul 31, 2014   By Dean Saitta
What are the philosophical and practical commitments in an approach to urban planning that respects cultural differences in ways of being and building? Opinion
Jul 17, 2014   By Dean Saitta