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Manhattanization isn't a thing; your city has plenty of room to grow comfortably
Sorry to readers that I haven't been writing over the past month or so; wrapping up my time at USC while working has proven more time-consuming than I'd like. I did manage to put together an interesting post at my work blog, however, and I wanted to share i...
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Why Uber and Lyft Wouldn't Have Succeeded If They'd Tried to Follow the Law
If you can fly a school bus in space, why can't you drive it from Oakland to San Francisco? Over at Pacific Standard there's a really interesting story about Night School , a San Francisco-based company that tried to improve evening transportation in the re...
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Housing Preference Doesn't Matter When You Can't Afford to Live Where You Prefer
Living in the suburbs vs the city isn't as simple as choosing which you prefer and moving there. The Reason Foundation's Robert Poole has brought up the issue of housing choice in a transportation news update last week , arguing, yet again, that the media i...
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Maybe Uber Should Just Provide Its Own Insurance to Drivers
One of the criticisms of Uber and other ridesharing companies has been that part of the reason they've been so successful is that they've foisted the cost of insurance onto drivers. Insurance companies don't like it when you use your car as for-hire transpo...
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California High Speed Rail Could Earn the State Over $40 Billion in Profit
Earlier this year I argued that the up-front cost of local transportation projects, like light rail and bus rapid transit, aren't really comparable to the cost of California's high speed rail system. While all of these investments are fighting for the same ...
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A Few New Posts On Los Angeles Housing Supply
I've written a few posts at my employer's blog in the past few weeks, focusing on the 2014 Casden Multifamily report for the Southern California region, and Mayor Garcetti's proposal to build 100,000 new homes by 2021. Click the links below to read the full...
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Seattle's Sound Transit Hostage Situation
Joe Fain giving himself a high-five after stealing money from the Seattle region to fund wasteful highway projects in rural and suburban Washington. Talk like this pretty much sends me into a frothing rage: "In order to get, you got to give. There’s a recog...
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About 50 Percent of Major Roads Don't Even Produce Enough Revenue to Cover Maintenance
The High-Five Interchange in Dallas, TX. By my estimation, most people in this country think that gas taxes and other vehicle-related user fees cover the cost of building and maintaining our nation's roadways. Those people are wrong , unfortunately, to the ...
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California Cap-and-Trade Drives Up Gas Prices... By About 3 Cents... Maybe...
California's cap-and-trade program now covers gasoline , and —   surprise! — it looks like the doomsayers were wrong. State Republican lawmakers  (and even some Democrats ) recently tried to delay or exempt gas from the cap-and-trade program, arguing that C...
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Hotels Make Los Angeles Way More Money Than New Housing, Even After Big Subsidies
I've got a new post up at the Urban One blog, this one addressing the controversial subsidies intended to attract more hotel development to the area around Downtown LA's convention center. Click here to see the full post. A lot of the arguments in favor of ...
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VIDEO: How to Maximize Parking Productivity in the City
Providing enough space for everyone who wants to park their cars in the city is expensive -- upwards of $50,000 per space for some underground garages. It drives up the cost of housing and commercial space , forces non-drivers to subsidize car owners , and ...
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Beyond Green Belts: Connecting Rather Than Containing Our Cities
In city planning there's a popular phrase: "Stop sprawl, preserve existing neighborhoods, maintain affordability. Pick two." It's a poignant observation of the relationship between these three goals and the tension between them — how in a place like Houston...
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