Archive: Scott Beyer

Scott Beyer is a Catalyst Columnist Fellow on a 1.5-year research project through the Global South for Catalyst’s Market Urbanism Around the World series. He is the owner of Market Urbanism Report, a media company that advances free-market city policy. He is also an urban affairs journalist who writes regular columns for Forbes, Governing Magazine,, and Catalyst. Follow him on Twitter: @marketurbanist.
Full Biography and Publications
Upzoning: Only Part of the Housing Affordability Fix
Various other regulations hold back production, making upzoning bills useless or even counterproductive.
Scott Beyer | February 1, 2024
American Privilege
Traveling the developing world reveals vast inequality, racism, and sexism—and just how fortunate Americans are.
Scott Beyer | January 15, 2024
Japan: Where High-Speed Rail Works
The Shinkansen system is efficient and being exported to other countries. Will something similar work in the U.S.?
Scott Beyer | January 8, 2024
The Market-Driven Superblocks of Southeast Asia
In Jakarta and Bangkok, narrow streets and densely-packed activity result from private spatial negotiations.
The 3rd World’s Emerging Economic Powerhouses
A look inside the fast population and GDP growth of countries like the Philippines.
Scott Beyer | December 25, 2023
Should Global South Megacities Be Decentralized?
Planners in Indonesia and other Third World countries are making sprawling, autocentric plans to supplant their dense cities—repeating America’s past mistakes.
Scott Beyer | December 18, 2023
The Anatomy of a Chinese Ghost City
The Chinese build cities that fall way under population projections. Who keeps funding this and why does it happen?
Scott Beyer | December 11, 2023
Centralized Versus Decentralized Transit
Various Asian regions show a convenience gap between different styles of mass transport.
Scott Beyer | December 4, 2023
Debt Diplomacy: China’s Third World Play
While the U.S. pursues neoconservatism, China is doing nation-building across the Global South.
Scott Beyer | November 27, 2023
The Dilemma of Third World Banking
Government banking monopolies have led to an oppressive status quo of inflation, high fees and surveillance of funds. Can the private sector disrupt this?
Scott Beyer | November 20, 2023
Does Tourism Really Hurt Third World Cities?
Western criticism of tourism in poor nations ignores the economic stimulus the industry provides.
Scott Beyer | November 13, 2023
How Are Roads Used In a Free Market?
The Third World, such as Gurgaon, India, shows how streets function without any government in place to enforce traffic laws.
Scott Beyer | November 6, 2023