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Desegregation Has Never Happened

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On December 14, 2017
This nation has flat out never integrated and liberal whites are as responsible for it as conservative whites. Using tract-level census data for 24 large metro areas, my co-authors and I examined whether neighborhood race conforms to the traditional 20th century pattern of non-white (largely black) city centers and white suburbs. We also observed to […]
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Rents

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On August 31, 2017
I’m a long-term renter, largely for reasons out of my control, which is the vagaries of academia, including having a spouse who lives several hundred miles away. I would like to buy at some point, but it’s not really feasible given the general life instability. But rental prices in Providence have really skyrocketed over the […]

Affordable Housing

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On April 19, 2017

Affordable housing lotteries in New York are really a sign of just how woeful the housing situation is in that city for the poor, not to mention the middle class. In a January press message, the devel

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Small City NIMBYism

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On February 13, 2017
While I suppose democratic participation in urban planning is a good thing, in practice, it leads to a lot of situations like we are seeing in Eugene. Housing prices are skyrocketing there, yet basic and obvious plans to ease housing prices and create decent public transportation systems flail because of NIMBYism. On the latter, the […]
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Stop the Sprawl

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On July 17, 2016
If cities are to keep growing, as they will, they must stop growing outwards and start growing upwards. The environmental and human consequences are too great to consider otherwise. As cities grow, perhaps our most serious concern should be how they expand out into the surrounding countryside. Contrary to popular belief, over the past century […]

Sprawl Tax

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On June 7, 2016

How much does sprawl cost Americans every year? That got us thinking: What if we could quantify some of these same issues from a city-friendly angle—measuring not the cost of congestion, which sugge

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