Cost of Living

April 27, 2018, 12pm PDT
Cities across America have a housing crisis on their hands—should they be talking more about trailer parks?
CityLab
March 22, 2018, 11am PDT
Though a handful of recent articles predicted "peak Silicon Valley," new numbers show the region is still producing lots of good jobs and attracting plenty of venture capital.
Bloomberg View
December 7, 2017, 12pm PST
New American Community Survey Data reveals the cities where renters are paying the most.
The Seattle Times
November 30, 2017, 7am PST
Could development fights in the home of the biggest tech companies be avoided if cities just talked to each other?
The Mercury News
September 1, 2017, 12pm PDT
Because of its high cost of living, California has the nation's highest poverty level, according to the U.S. Census.
CALmatters
June 29, 2017, 7am PDT
The cost of living in Washington, D.C. might make it difficult for less wealthy members of Congress to pay rent or mortgages in their home state and the seat of power. Thus, a surprising voice has suggested housing assistance for Congress.
The Hill
May 1, 2017, 5am PDT
Can we use Jeff Bezos's distinction between "Day 1" and "Day 2" companies to compare cities? If so, Pittsburgh may be a prime example of the former.
Hacker Noon
January 5, 2017, 2pm PST
With rapidly rising costs of living, one study shows the number of homeless in the nation's capital is double the national average.
The New York Times
October 14, 2016, 9am PDT
Residents of Rust Belt cities might pay less for housing, but they pay a lot more for energy.
Redfin
March 4, 2016, 6am PST
Put another way, Shoup's case against parking requirements is that they make life harder for the poor.
The Washington Post
February 29, 2016, 10am PST
Low prices and a less frenetic working environment are drawing tech employees to Portland, Oregon. Gentrification may loom, but along with it may come expanded economic opportunities for the city and state.
Bloomberg Business
August 4, 2015, 1pm PDT
Urban planning is front in center in Nashville, with a general plan update underway and a mayoral election looming on August 6. One candidate took to the editorial pages of The Tennessean to lay out a housing and transit agenda.
The Tennessean
December 9, 2014, 11am PST
In many places around the country, the price of water is increasing, quickly. While the reasons for the increase vary depending on the location, common to the issue is the ability of planning to either help or hinder the problem.
Governing
November 5, 2014, 12pm PST
Recent data by Zillow suggests that we might all soon be living like the Golden Girls (original author's joke).
The Billfold
November 1, 2014, 1pm PDT
A recent post identifies a sweet spot in the urban market: affordable cities like Cincinnati and others in the Rust Belt that provide an attractive alternative to more expensive, if more famous, cities on the coasts.
New Geography
September 18, 2014, 8am PDT
Portland's over-educated, under-employed population is largely a semi-retired community of young adults, according to some. But with rising housing prices and overall cost of living, it is unclear how Portland will retain these characteristics.
The New York Times Magazine
August 29, 2014, 5am PDT
Angie Schmitt follows up on an earlier report by the Citizen's Budget Commission that made an argument for the affordability of cities like New York City, with its large network of cheap transportation.
Streetsblog USA
August 20, 2014, 5am PDT
A comparative analysis by the Citizens Budget Commission provides a softer take on the "affordability crisis" making so much news in New York City. The conclusion of the study is that New York City is more affordable than many other large cities.
Crain's Business New York
August 19, 2014, 12pm PDT
Naomi Kooker tells of the rapidly increasing pace of gentrification in the once gritty, now expensive, Boston suburb of Somerville.
The Boston Globe
July 30, 2014, 2pm PDT
An article on the Washington Post Wonkblog shows how deeply the real estate crash impacted the wealth of the Middle Class—now on the tail end of three lost decades.
The Washington Post - Wonkblog