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
Favelas, the Great Untapped Neighborhoods
Here's what I learned visiting some of the most dangerous places on Earth.
Scott Beyer | March 20, 2023
The Challenge of Latin American “Centros”
Downtown areas there struggle with crime and obsolescence. What can bring them back?
Scott Beyer | March 13, 2023
“Zona Francas”: A Step Towards Latin American Freedom
The region’s trade-focused SEZs should take a further step and deregulate land use.
Scott Beyer | March 6, 2023
Latin America: A Transit Success Story
Cities there have systems that are more innovative, efficient and well-used than the U.S.
Scott Beyer | February 27, 2023
Barrios Tropicales: The Making of Green Neighborhoods
In Latin America, a mix of public and private investment has created tropical urban settings.
Scott Beyer | February 20, 2023
The Darien Gap Tragedy
The one unclosed gap in the route from North to South America is hazardous and economically costly.
Scott Beyer | February 13, 2023
Panama City’s Success: A Product of Trade and Liberalization
The city's success is a testament to free markets and openness to trade
Scott Beyer | February 6, 2023
Honduras’ Charter City Experiment
The ZEDE law passed by the impoverished Central American nation can become a model for the charter city movement, but only if not upended by a hostile government.
Scott Beyer | January 30, 2023
The Folly of Urban Planning in Guatemala City
Guatemala City's “Opportunity District” plan shows the flaws of trying to predict where growth happens
Scott Beyer | January 23, 2023
Latin American Cities Are Underrated
It's clear why many with the option to work remotely are choosing Mexico City as their new home
Scott Beyer | January 16, 2023
Private Buses Can Be Competitive
With high gas prices, private buses should be competitive. Deregulation can make them more so.
Scott Beyer | January 2, 2023