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Last Friday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution printed my editorial that argued that Atlanta BeltLine Inc. is spending large amounts of public dollars while providing very little in return. BeltLine, Inc. disagreed with my analysis. To counter their argument, I have provided a more detailed analysis of why the BeltLine will not work.
How a 'managed arterial' approach could cure Atlanta's congested roadsAugust 10, 2012
What if it were possible to increase an arterial's traffic capacity by more than would happen by adding a lane each way - but without having to widen it? Miami and Fort Myers, Fla., are both looking into this idea. It's called converting an arterial into a "managed arterial." The basic idea is to give motorists a way to bypass traffic signals, by adding overpasses or underpasses to major arterials. Because those "grade separations" are costly to build, a small toll (e.g., 25 cents) would be charged, electronically, for each underpass a motorist used.
Over at The American, Nick Schultz has posted an interview with Enrico Moretti, an economics professor at UC Berkeley and the author of "The New Geography of Jobs". Moretti's thesis is that new jobs and opportunities are increasingly clustered around 'brain hubs' - cities with well-educated workforces and strong innovation sectors. While old industrial areas decline rapidly, these 'brain hubs' thrive. According to Moretti's research, each new 'innovation job' brings with it five non-innovation jobs. If this is true, then one obvious implication is that labor mobility is vitally important. People need to be able to move where the work is...
Much of the hype from the Great Recession has focused on how exurbs are losing population while closer in neighborhoods are gaining population. In reality the opposite is often true. At last week’s American Planning Association conference in Los Angeles, Alan Mallach of the Brookings Institution highlighted that in Las Vegas the suburbs and exurbs have survived the recession while the older parts of the city have not fared as well.
One of President Obama’s landmark “smart growth” initiatives known as the Partnership for Sustainable Communities was also based on a Romney program. When Romney was governor of Massachusetts he fought sprawl and encouraged density. Romney’s administration worked to concentrate development in town centers, construct housing near transit stations, and improve existing roads instead of expanding them.
The Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is intended to promote urban regeneration in metro Atlanta communities. But the projects it has funded have had little success in creating any sustained new economic activity. If ARC wants to continue with the LCI program, and if other cities want to follow the model, two simple rules should be followed: first, it should be funded locally; second, it should focus on activities that have been shown to actually underpin economic development, such as the construction and maintenance of roads –especially if it is funded by gas taxes.
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- New York City's Affordable Housing Bonanza for the Rich
July 3rd, 2014
- Affordable Housing in New York City is 'Very Costly,' Says The New York Times' Josh Barro. He Has No Idea.
June 10th, 2014
- The City of Chicago Battles Blight—By Paying for Granite Counter Tops in a Gentrifying Neighborhood
June 2nd, 2014
- The Answer to Detroit's Problems: Rich Guys Calling Each Other to Discuss Their 'Neat' Ideas
May 21st, 2014
- 89-Year-Old Kicked Out of HUD Housing for Smoking Cigarettes
April 22nd, 2014
- Study: Upper Class Entitlement Helps Upper Class Most
March 24th, 2014
- Your Zoning Laws Stop At This Border
February 24th, 2014
- When the Government Is the Slum Lord
February 20th, 2014
- Redevelopment Ghosts Haunt the New Year
January 10th, 2014
- San Francisco 'Values' Pricing Poor Out of the City
November 29th, 2013
- From Moderate Republican to Green Reaganite
November 25th, 2013
- How Government Intervention Stifles Immigrants in Europe
November 6th, 2013
- I Can't Hear You
October 31st, 2013
- Brickbat: I Can't Hear You
October 31st, 2013
- NYC's Crony-Capitalist Affordable Housing Industry: Jim Epstein in the New York Daily News
October 21st, 2013
- NY Times Horrified That Rent Control Leases Might Be Treated Like the Assets They So Obviously Are
October 21st, 2013
- "Economics Teaches Us Humility": Q&A with George Mason University's Pete Boettke
October 15th, 2013
- New York’s Petty War on Airbnb: Jim Epstein in The Daily Beast
October 12th, 2013
- Bloomberg Off-Handedly Suggests Fingerprinting New York Public Housing Residents
August 16th, 2013
- And Now the Rest of the Story About the Poster Child for Eminent Domaining Mortgages
August 1st, 2013
- Cities Prepare to Use Eminent Domain for Underwater Mortgages
July 30th, 2013
- Nearly One Quarter of Federal Foreclosure Prevention Participants Re-Defaulting on Mortgages
July 24th, 2013
- NYC Council Supporting Bloomberg's Push for Legal Hostels
June 26th, 2013
- Why New Urbanism Doesn't Work
June 7th, 2013
- Zoning Kills Affordable Housing
May 7th, 2013
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