Unintended Consequences

Los Angeles Residential

Critics Expect L.A.’s New ‘Mansion Tax’ to Chill Development Market

A new real estate transfer tax won the approval of L.A. voters after being promoted as a “mansion tax.” No some real estate and development experts are saying that the new transfer tax will have a much broader impact on the real estate market.

December 19, 2022 - Los Angeles Times

Denver, Colorado

Cleveland Wanted Townhomes, What it Got Was 'Slot Homes'

Members of the Cleveland Chapter if the American Institute of Architects are raising awareness about the unintended consequences of zoning changes made in 2018 to make it easier to develop townhomes in the city.

March 30, 2021 - Cleveland.com

View of Portland, Oregon from Pittock Mansion

Portland's Inclusionary Zoning Effect Measured, Criticized

It's been over four years since the city of Portland implemented an inclusionary zoning policy that required all new apartment developments to set aside a portion of units for low- and moderate-income housing.

March 11, 2021 - City Observatory

Building Trades

Research: Financial Practices Partly Responsible for the Rental Affordability Crisis

Zoning and the economy aren't the only factors in neighborhood change—financial regulations and policies, sometimes seemingly unrelated, also have an effect.

May 30, 2019 - Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University


Can I Have a Diet Coke With That Ice Cream Sundae?

Essentially that's what UC Davis, Yale, and MIT researchers found among California families who purchase very fuel efficient vehicles—they also pair them with gas hogs. If your family owns two vehicles, do you meet the profile?

October 3, 2017 - San Francisco Chronicle


Report: Portland's Proposed Residential Infill Policies Could Slow Infill Development

Portland is expecting 123,000 new households in the city by 2035, so it's proposed a new residential infill policy to accommodate all those people. A new report argues, however, that the policy could have a chilling effect on infill development.

November 3, 2016 - Oregon Public Broadcasting

LED Lights

If LEDs Are Bad for Our Health, What Should Cities Do Now?

A report from the American Medical Association says LED lights are bad for our health, inspiring some cities to re-evaluate the technology.

September 26, 2016 - The Washington Post


The New Era of Planning Simulations

The continued improvement of digital technology should benefit evidence-based policy and decision-making. Welcome to a new era of planning simulations.

September 1, 2016 - Government Technology

High Line with Denari

Don't Forget the Neighborhoods Zoning Reform Leaves Behind

While urbanists target zoning reform to help build more housing in desirable neighborhoods, other neighborhoods around cities are being left behind to languish, according to this opinion piece published by Forbes.

April 29, 2016 - Forbes

What If Planners Had a Tool for Predicting Outcomes?

Or, put another way, what if planners could make unintended consequences a relic of the past?

March 15, 2016 - Next City

Minneapolis Restaurants Push Back on '70/30' Food-to-Alcohol Rule

All over the country, local craft brews, and the restaurants that serve them, have been drivers of economic development and neighborhood revitalization. But a restrictive law in Minneapolis has prevented the full benefit of the industry.

June 5, 2014 - Minneapolis Post

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