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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When Government Extorts Business
Public Officials Often View Businesses as Piggy Banks that Can Be Hit Up for Any Goodie. But that Just Drives Them Away.
The more governments force businesses to solve wider public problems, the more they’ll drive them out.
Upzoning Bills: Free-market Policy or Government Coercion?
The Latest Housing Bills Have Been Mischaracterized as Something that “Forces” Growth onto the Suburbs.
Upzoning bills themselves are an act of deregulation because they allow homeowners to do more with their land.
What’s With All the Empty Condos?
Empty Luxury Units at the Top End of the Market Do Not Signal a Housing Glut.
Those units are just the housing version of unsold food sitting on a grocery shelf.
Why the New York MTA Should Use Proof-of-Payment
Robust fare Enforcement at Gates May Not Be as Effective as a Transaction-Free “Honor System.”
It is a reform that would make the NY MTA’s trains and buses faster and more convenient.
How Houston Is Becoming America’s Next Dense City
More Than “Just Sprawl,” Houston’s Lighter Land-Use Regulations Are Helping it Grow Up
The city's affordability can be tied to both Houston’s density and sprawl.