Archive: Columns

Are American Cities Ready for Special Economic Zones?
SEZs, charter cities, and other private city models are all worth testing. But the barriers to doing so are political
Scott Beyer | November 19, 2021
Can Flixbus Save Greyhound?
America’s flagship but beleaguered intercity bus service may benefit from the efficiencies of an upstart German company
Scott Beyer | November 5, 2021
It’s Time the Post Office Was Outsourced
The troubled agency would be better off contracting out to the growing private logistics market.
Scott Beyer | October 29, 2021
How To Improve U.S. Passenger Rail, PT. 2
It starts with expanding right-of-way—ideally in a manner that requires minimal eminent domain
Scott Beyer | October 22, 2021
How To Improve U.S. Passenger Rail, PT. 1
While trends and gimmicks are sometimes proposed to bolster rail in America, it may require much simpler steps—namely open competition with Amtrak
Scott Beyer | October 15, 2021
“Open Access” Competition Can Improve Intercity Rail
European countries are turning to the market to run rail service. Can America follow?
Scott Beyer | October 8, 2021
Does Arizona’s Parking-Free “Culdesac” Have a Future?
A development in Tempe will ban cars in favor of micro-mobility. Can the model spread to other cities?
Scott Beyer | October 1, 2021
How “National Landing” Will Affect Urban Development
The fast-growing NoVa neighborhood, bolstered by Amazon HQ2, mixes the ingenuities and moral hazards of America’s biggest institutions.
Scott Beyer | September 2, 2021
Modular 2.0: How Prefab Housing Is Making a Comeback
Offsite construction may be the fastest way to build housing cheaply
Scott Beyer | August 27, 2021
Should the Federal Government Launch “Rural 5G?”
Rural broadband programs are viewed as an essential investment. But they subsidize an unsustainable lifestyle
Scott Beyer | August 19, 2021