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.
Is It Time to Privatize New York City’s Subways?
The New York Subways Are Substandard. Privatizing Them Could Improve Things.
Successful examples from around the world show that this could take many forms.
Scott Beyer | November 6, 2019
The Struggles of West Virginia
West Virginia Is Dealing With an Economic and Social Crisis. So Why Do People Stay?
For West Virginians who stay, it boils down to what you might call an acquired taste.
Scott Beyer | October 30, 2019
Mexico City’s Housing and Commuter Crisis
As Acute as These Problems Are in the U.S., CDMX Has It Much Worse
Four central districts contain 53 percent of the jobs but just 19 percent of the population.
Scott Beyer | October 23, 2019
Peseros: A Look Inside Mexico City’s Private Bus Network
CDMX Shows That, With the Right Conditions, Private Transit Can Emerge That Is Fast, Cheap, and Ubiquitous.
Not only has private transit proven to be profitable worldwide, but it does so despite government harassment.
Scott Beyer | October 16, 2019
What Urban America Can Learn From Mexico City’s Best Areas
Well-designed City Streets Improve Neighborhood Value. Why Don’t More U.S. Cities Create Them?
The attractiveness of the urban realm is an under-appreciated factor in neighborhood value.
Scott Beyer | October 9, 2019
Market Urbanism: Towards a Free-Market Urban Form
A Nascent Movement Asks How Cities Would Function Without So Much Government Interference
Market Urbanism argues that in an open market, cities would likely be denser, but more to the point, would be freer.
Scott Beyer | October 2, 2019
Book Review: ‘Order Without Design,’ by Alain Bertaud
An Urban Planner Describes the Flaws of His Profession.
Introducing economics to the urbanization process would help solve the problems now common in cities worldwide.
Scott Beyer | September 25, 2019
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.
Scott Beyer | September 18, 2019
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.
Scott Beyer | September 11, 2019
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.
Scott Beyer | September 4, 2019