Archive: Housing

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
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.
Scott Beyer | January 15, 2020
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.
Scott Beyer | January 8, 2020
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.
Scott Beyer | January 1, 2020
California Abolished Single-Family Zoning (And How Your State Can Too)
Accessory dwelling units are one of the cheapest, least politically fraught types of new housing, but they’ve faced local bans for decades.
Nick Zaiac | December 30, 2019
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.
Scott Beyer | December 25, 2019