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Revealed: The Best Way To Tackle Racial Exclusion and Social Mobility

May 30, 2015 by Christopher Sellers

What's better than racial justice?

How broad-based economic growth, low housing costs, and limited regulation provide the best conditions for social mobility and tackling racial exclusion, rather than focussing on racial and class justice.[read more]

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Battle of the Mayors May Decide Devolution of Power to UK Cities

May 27, 2015 by David Thorpe

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes – against elected mayors

Legislation to allow the devolution of power to cities is strongly expected in the first Queen’s speech of the new UK parliament, but the plans may be derailed by cities' opposition to the idea of elected mayors.[read more]

Baltimore's Low Income Levels Are A Function of Social Mobility

May 20, 2015 by Christopher Sellers

Baltimore from the air

Baltimore, besides being in the news recently for unfortunate events, is also a city which has the worst wage levels compared to the US average. Is this related to social mobility? Aaron M. Renn investigates.[read more]

Overall GHG Emissions Are Not Decreasing Due To Californian Climate Change Regulations

May 19, 2015 by Christopher Sellers

Net GHG emissions from California

Californian state policies designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions, seen as pioneering in the rest of the world, are not actually having a measurable effect because they have resulted in a massive displacement of former state businesses and residents to other locations with higher per-capita CO2e emission levels.[read more]

Condo or Rental Apartment: Does it Even Matter?

April 21, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

To Rent or to Condo

Toronto is the condo capital of North America. For a number of years now, there have been more condos under construction in this city compared to any other in North America, including New York. But recently the real estate community has become incredibly interested in building multi-family apartments.[read more]

Why Do More People in Quebec Sell Their Home Without an Agent?

April 10, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Quebec and Real Estate Patterns

If you ask most people, they’ll tell you that real estate agents will never ever disappear. Despite the internet, mobile phones, and social networks, the bulk of the market still employs an agent. But there are lots of entrepreneurs and people in the real estate community experimenting with different models.[read more]

The High Cost of Poor Land Use

April 8, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly
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Land Use and Space Scarcity in Cities

The Economist published an interesting article called 'Space and the city: Poor land use in the world’s greatest cities carries a huge cost.' The argument is that land isn’t scarce. It’s the land use policies we have created that are artificially limiting supply and driving up real estate values.[read more]

Is This the End of the Suburbs? Leigh Gallagher Thinks So

April 2, 2015 by Christopher Berggren

Urbanization and the Future of the Suburbs

 

In 'The End of the Suburbs,' a story is told of the big changes underway in the way Americans are choosing to live in the 21st century. For sixty years, urban areas have become decentralized, and downtowns turned into ugly, parking lot deserts where only marginalized people lived. But all that is changing.[read more]

From Suburban Houses to Downtown Condos

April 1, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Last Friday the Financial Post published an interesting article talking about Mattamy Homes and the new office that its founder, Peter Gilgan, is in the process of opening up downtown in the Toronto-Dominion Centre (which just so happens to be my favorite office complex in the city).[read more]

Manipulate the Housing Market with this One Neat Trick

March 24, 2015 by David Edmondson
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Regulations often result in unintended consequences. Money flows to find any crack in the system, after all, and often those cracks are in very odd places. Zoning and building codes are no different, and they can manipulate not just how people do business but how we built our cities.[read more]

A Beautiful House Design for Denser Suburbs

March 23, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

A nice three-apartment home

It’s common for many of the houses in central areas of Toronto to be converted into duplexes and triplexes or to flip back into single family homes after being subdivided for rentals. It goes to show how adaptable the single family house can be. But it’s not everyday that you see such a high end triplex being built.[read more]

The Value of Cheap Housing

March 16, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Housing and Affordability

Urbanists generally don’t like to talk about cities like Houston. It sprawls. It’s car oriented. It’s over air-conditioned. In other words, it’s the antithesis of the dense and walkable cities that urbanists today like to tout as being exemplary. But despite all this, Houston is one of, if not the, fastest growing city in America.[read more]