Archive: Scott Beyer

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,, and Catalyst. Follow him on Twitter: @sbcrosscountry.
How “Price Gouging” Can Help with the COVID-19 Crisis
When Resources Are Scarce, Price Gouging Can Spur Production, Prevent Hoarding, and Encourage Conservation. But Only if Governments Allow It.
If governments were to allow “price gouging”—it would actually help with the scarcity caused by COVID-19.
Scott Beyer | March 25, 2020
It’s Time to Reform Section 8
Housing Vouchers are Better than Government Housing Projects. But Federal Regulations have Limited Their Effectiveness.
It's time for reform that would introduce a free-market dynamic, changing Section 8 from the inefficient, bureaucratic program it is now. 
Scott Beyer | March 19, 2020
What Is the “Missing Middle” for Urban Transport?
Cities Should Allow a Middle Ground Between the Expense of Car Ownership and the Inconvenience of Public Transit.
There’s a “missing middle” that could exist between the monetary cost of car ownership and the opportunity cost of transit dependence.
Scott Beyer | March 11, 2020
Bernie Sanders: Confirmed NIMBY
As the Democratic party mainstream moves towards a pro-housing agenda, Sanders remains the Nimby stalwart.
For decades Sanders has opposed market-rate new home construction.
Scott Beyer | March 5, 2020
How New York Became “Trash City”
In an 8.5 Million-Person City, Trash Is Inevitable. But It Doesn’t Have to All Pile on Sidewalks.
The problem starts with the simple, somewhat unavoidable fact that the city produces lots of waste: 12,000 tons daily.
Scott Beyer | February 26, 2020
Census Figures Show Statistical Case for Building More Housing
Annual Home Permit Figures Convey That the More a Metro Builds, the Lower Its Median Prices.
It’s time for expensive coastal metros like New York and San Francisco to start permitting more housing.
Scott Beyer | February 19, 2020
U.S. Cities Should Bring Back For-pay Toilets
They Were Banned Decades Ago In An Effort to Expand “Human Rights.” But Removing The Profit Motive Just Caused Scarcity.
Outlawing the profit motive for restroom provision just means there are fewer restrooms.
Scott Beyer | February 13, 2020
The Misguided Green Virtue-Signaling of Solar Panel Mandates
Like Many Environmental Regulations, These Mandates for Housing Will Increase Costs Without Truly Helping the Environment.
Environmental regulations often appeal to people's airy notions of "sustainability," but don't really solve environmental problems. 
Scott Beyer | February 5, 2020
What Actually Caused Gentrification in Brooklyn?
By Imploring Transplants to “Go Back to Iowa”, Borough President Eric Adams Misidentifies Who’s Even Moving to The Borough.
Blaming transplants from Ohio and Iowa isn’t even accurate.
Scott Beyer | January 29, 2020
SFMTA: Improving Mobility or Blocking Competition?
San Francisco Has Seen Various New Private Transport Services Pop Up that Would Make it Easier to Get Around. But the City’s Transportation Agency Thwarts Them.
When patrons gravitate to alternative services that better get them around, SFMTA goes on the attack.
Scott Beyer | January 23, 2020