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
Africa’s Free-Market Bus Systems
Entrepreneurs, not government, provide this crucial service. Yet the difference between systems in Kenya vs. South Africa shows the service diversity throughout the continent.
Scott Beyer | June 26, 2023
The Agrarian Urbanism of Africa
The informal, small-scale commerce that dominates African cities is enabled by farming and other agrarian activity that happens within cities themselves.
Scott Beyer | June 19, 2023
Lusaka and the Failure of the “Garden City”
A utopian social experiment mixed with segregation has impoverished Zambia’s capital.
Scott Beyer | June 12, 2023
The Poverty of Madagascar
Government policy is a huge factor, but it’s also something that can be reversed.
Scott Beyer | June 5, 2023
Johannesburg: Where Apartheid Never Ended
Three decades later, the city and country are still extremely segregated.
Scott Beyer | May 29, 2023
How South Africa’s Energy Crisis Brings The Country Down
Its overburdened monopoly power supply needs expansion to meet the population’s needs.
Scott Beyer | May 22, 2023
What Mexico City Can Teach the U.S. About Parklets
In a city of low car ownership and small retail storefronts, parklets expand seating capacity.
Scott Beyer | May 15, 2023
Latin America’s Food Delivery Wars
Market competition drives delivery prices down, while government protectionism does the opposite for rideshare.
Scott Beyer | May 8, 2023
Latin America’s Zoning-free Urbanism
Spontaneous commerce, dense settlements, high-rises, and seemingly non-existent zoning dominate the urban realm.
Scott Beyer | May 1, 2023
Latin America’s Fabulous Indian Branding
Peru leans into its Incan heritage, and other countries to their roots.
Scott Beyer | April 24, 2023
Where Free Markets Bring Modernity
What Other Latin American Countries Can Learn From Chile
The Dangers of Currency Devaluation
How Argentina wrecked its economy, and how it can come back.
Scott Beyer | April 10, 2023