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Urbanites' complaints about gentrification have much in common with suburbanites' complaints about commutes. Scarcity due to the ridiculous amount of land zoned for single-family housing deserves as much blame for displacement as gentrification.
The Stranger
Blog post
May 18, 2017, 9am PDT

Gentrification—more wealthy people moving into lower-income communities—often faces opposition, sometimes for the wrong reasons. It is important to consider all benefits and costs when formulating urban development policies.

Todd Litman
Blog post
April 24, 2017, 7am PDT
For each dollar motorists spend on their vehicles somebody spends more than a dollar to park it. To reduce these costs many jurisdictions are eliminating or reducing parking requirements and encouraging more efficient parking management. You can too!
Todd Litman
April 20, 2017, 1pm PDT
Urban densities tend to encourage more liberal, tolerant values. Living among diverse neighbors can reduce fear and resentment, as everyday interactions break down stereotypes and misconceptions of ‘the other.’
Places Journal
Blog post
March 26, 2017, 1pm PDT
Despite depressing U.S. federal politics, there are many encouraging planning trends if you look internationally and locally.
Todd Litman
March 2, 2017, 12pm PST
Leading researchers debate whether more compact urban development reduces automobile travel in the Journal of the American Planning Association. The issues are complex and important.
Journal Of The American Planning Association
February 28, 2017, 5am PST
The new INRIX Traffic Scorecard uses "big" data to calculate congestion costs. Like previous studies, it exaggerates traffic congestion costs and roadway expansion benefits.
City Observatory
February 23, 2017, 5am PST
The new Transit-Walkability Collaborative works to create safe, healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities by harnessing the synergy between walkability and quality public transit service.
Transit-Walkability Collaborative
Blog post
February 21, 2017, 5am PST
Many households spend more than they can afford on housing and transportation, but the latest International Housing Affordability Survey is wrong to recommend sprawl as the best solution. Real solutions must reduce both housing and transport costs.
Todd Litman
February 4, 2017, 5am PST
City Observatory's Joe Cortright examines how immigration rates affect regional economic development. This research indicate that policies that exclude immigrants are not only mean, they are also stupid.
City Observatory