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Preparing for LA's Future: Fewer Parking Podiums, More Car-Share Spaces
A parking podium under construction at Wilshire & Vermont in Koreatown. Photo by Muji . Pretty much everyone hates parking podiums. For one, they're almost universally reviled from an architectural and aesthetic standpoint. And, even when they're built unob...
A parking podium under construction at Wilshire & Vermont in Koreatown. Photo by Muji. Pretty much everyone hates parking podiums. For one, they're almost universally reviled from an architectural and aesthetic standpoint. An...
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Reduce Speculation and Limit Gentrification: Penalize Absentee/Pied-à-Terre Owners
The cities where housing prices are highest and the gentrification debate is the most forceful -- places like San Francisco, New York, Vancouver BC, and London -- all share one quality: they're world cities. There are a number of ways to define what makes a...
The cities where housing prices are highest and the gentrification debate is the most forceful -- places like San Francisco, New York, Vancouver BC, and London -- all share one quality: they're world cities. There are a numbe...
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Housing in LA Is Unaffordable in Many Places; Transportation in LA Is Unaffordable Everywhere
The following map is from the Center for Neighborhood Technology, which created the Housing + Transportation Affordability Index . As you can see, lots of housing in LA can be rented for less than 30 percent of median household income (everything you see in...
The following map is from the Center for Neighborhood Technology, which created the Housing + Transportation Affordability Index. As you can see, lots of housing in LA can be rented for less than 30 percent of median househol...
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Ten Years and $400 Billion in Federal Highway Spending Later, Has Your City's Traffic Congestion Improved?
We've spent $365 billion on highways and added essentially zero new drivers since 2005. Shouldn't traffic congestion be improving? Demographic shifts and government investments seem poised to lead us to transportation nirvana. The federal government has spe...
We've spent $365 billion on highways and added essentially zero new drivers since 2005. Shouldn't traffic congestion be improving? Demographic shifts and government investments seem poised to lead us to transportation nirvana...
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Owning a Home is a Really Great Way to Spend Your Money
What's a better long-term investment: home ownership or stocks? The short answer is that it's probably better to invest disposable income in the stock market, but most people don't have a whole lot of disposable income available. The more salient question f...
What's a better long-term investment: home ownership or stocks? The short answer is that it's probably better to invest disposable income in the stock market, but most people don't have a whole lot of disposable income availa...
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Is It Time to Go Eyman on the Washington State's Transportation Funding Authority?
Photo by Ted S. Warren/AP, from the Columbian . Given the impending failure of Proposition 1 -- the measure meant to save King County Metro from a crippling 17 percent cut -- is it now time to reconsider the state's role in transportation funding altogether...
Photo by Ted S. Warren/AP, from the Columbian. Given the impending failure of Proposition 1 -- the measure meant to save King County Metro from a crippling 17 percent cut -- is it now time to reconsider the state's role in tr...
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Los Angeles Parking Meter Reform, Reasonable Edition
Parking reform is the talk of the town these days in Los Angeles. A new organization has formed to press for lower fines and a more sensible parking enforcement system, and with a name like the Los Angeles Parking Freedom Initiative , how can you go wrong? ...
Parking reform is the talk of the town these days in Los Angeles. A new organization has formed to press for lower fines and a more sensible parking enforcement system, and with a name like the Los Angeles Parking Freedom Ini...
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Multifamily Residential Construction is Booming, But There's a Long Way Yet to Go
This winter I wrote that multifamily housing had grown, as a share of total residential construction, to its highest rate since the 1980s . The idea was subsequently picked up by the Wall Street Journal in March and again a few days ago at the New York Time...
This winter I wrote that multifamily housing had grown, as a share of total residential construction, to its highest rate since the 1980s. The idea was subsequently picked up by the Wall Street Journal in March and again a fe...
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30 Percent of Income Isn't a Realistic Measure of Housing Affordability
Housing affordability is a big problem in growing cities across the country, but how we define affordability remains problematic. Just look at the hyperventilating that's been going on at Curbed LA for months, or the opening lede to a recent New York Times ...
Housing affordability is a big problem in growing cities across the country, but how we define affordability remains problematic. Just look at the hyperventilating that's been going on at Curbed LA for months, or the opening ...
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Unaffordable Housing Sucks, But the Money We Waste on Transportation is Still Our Biggest Problem
I'm working on a write-up about how poorly we define housing affordability, but I wanted to put this out there first. This chart shows consumer spending in the U.S., and highlights how much our expenditures have shifted over the past 111 years (data from th...
I'm working on a write-up about how poorly we define housing affordability, but I wanted to put this out there first. This chart shows consumer spending in the U.S., and highlights how much our expenditures have shifted over ...
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Time to Hand Over Your Car Lanes, Seattle Drivers
Martin Duke at Seattle Transit Blog has a post up today that laments the failure of Proposition 1 , which will cut 550,000 service hours from King County Metro's bus service, and it includes this important point (emphasis mine): One effect of the cuts will ...
Martin Duke at Seattle Transit Blog has a post up today that laments the failure of Proposition 1, which will cut 550,000 service hours from King County Metro's bus service, and it includes this important point (emphasis mine...
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Urban Density: We're Not All Goldilocks, We Don't All Want the Same Porridge
Photo adapted from "Urban Canyon" by Diego Torres Silvestre . Goldilocks is the story of a selfish young girl who breaks into another family's home, eats their food, and destroys their property. She has a very self-centered perception of what's "just right,...
Photo adapted from "Urban Canyon" by Diego Torres Silvestre. Goldilocks is the story of a selfish young girl who breaks into another family's home, eats their food, and destroys their property. She has a very self-centered pe...
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