Adding more credits and making tweaks do not actually address some of the major weaknesses of the program. We should be bolder.
Some say yes. But simply making it easier to build will not reach those who are unhoused.
Alan Mallach responds to critiques of his assessment of urban versus suburban upzoning.
Building more units has been touted as the solution to the housing crisis, but the location of those units may be just as important as the number.
A review of Newcomers: Gentrification and Its Discontents, by Matthew L. Schuerman.
Why doesn’t market rate housing seem to bring rents down to where the lowest income people can afford them?
What does the future hold for urban Black middle and working class neighborhoods in cities, and is there any way to shape it?
Being priced out of appreciating neighborhoods is not the housing affordability problem most Americans face. But they are facing one.
Vacant properties are a serious problem in two kinds of neighborhoods. To address them, we need to know which kind we’re looking at.
These books not only offer something of a window on what is—or is not—going on in small cities, but useful pointers for practitioners working in the types of cities described.
The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism by Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak. Brookings Institution Press, 2018, 304 pp., $25.99 hardcover, also available on e-book.
Purchase a copy at brook.gs/2LOjunA
The New Urban Crisis treats a complicated and demanding subject with depressing inadequacy, offering little or nothing in the way of constructive, creative insights or strategies for advocates or practitioners seeking to combat these trends.