Archive: Scott Beyer
Scott Beyer is the owner of the 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, HousingOnline.com, and Catalyst. Follow him on Twitter: @sbcrosscountry.
Rent Control: A Bad Idea Has Spread Again
Oregon, California, and New York recently passed rent control measures. Some Washington politicians want to make it national policy. Here’s why that is wrong.
There are ways to provide affordable housing without all the unintended consequences and moral hazards of rent control.
Bill de Blasio’s Hotel Cronyism
The mayor has run a bribe-oriented government, accepting money from entrenched interests in exchange for regulatory capture. His hotel proposal is the latest example.
The Mayor has governed like a lackey to monied interests, granting favors that help his career but hurt average New Yorkers.
Urban Agglomeration: More Growth, More Benefits
As Urbanized Areas Grow, They Develop Complex Economies that Further Drive Innovation and Prosperity.
Urban agglomerations drive our economy and create opportunity. Letting markets work is crucial to their continued growth.
Hong Kong: Where Political Autonomy Means Economic Freedom
Hong Kong Reflects Capitalism in Some Ways and Top-down Planning in Others, but its Autonomy from China Is Worth Defending.
Protesters are defending the ability for Hong Kong to maintain its economy and governance, which rests on a free-market urban blueprint.
Are U.S. Cities Fiscally Insolvent?
Some Municipal Balance Sheets Raise Concerns, but Most Cities Are Okay.
Fiscal insolvency is a problem in specific cities, for specific reasons, and for which there are specific solutions, starting with pension reform.
America Has Used Cars. Why Not Used Housing?
Used Cars Are Cheap Because New Ones Get Produced at Great Volume. Housing Should (and Often Does) Work the Same Way.
The more new housing that’s built, the more “used housing” that is freed up to be rented or owned by low-income people.
But What About Traffic?
The Case for Road Pricing
Building more housing will inevitably cause more congestion. The answer is to price the space where the congestion occurs.
San Francisco’s Housing Crisis Is a Product of the Regulatory State
And it’s not just one regulation that makes the city expensive. It’s all of them.
San Francisco’s median home value is now at $1.3 million, and there’s a growing bipartisan consensus on how it got so expensive.