Commentary

Urban Planning, Foreclosures and the Recession

My recent blog post on Planetizen.com’s Interchange sparked an extensive debate and discussion on the role of land-use planning and the housing bubble. The discussion thread does a good job of encapsulating some of the main concerns and rebuttals by professional planners when someone raises the simple possibility that growth controls increase housing costs.

Reason has published several studies on the impact of growth management laws, including ones on Washington State and Florida here, and an update on Florida for the James Madison Institute here.

Samuel R. Staley, Ph.D. is a senior research fellow at Reason Foundation and managing director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University in Tallahassee where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning, regulation, and urban economics. Prior to joining Florida State, Staley was director of urban growth and land-use policy for Reason Foundation where he helped establish its urban policy program in 1997.