Urbanism

Publications

, The Catalyst
Let Us Have Lemonade
Nick Zaiac

Legalizing Home-based Businesses to Make the Most of Summer

The picture plays out every summer. Sweltering heat sets in, the whir of air conditioning units revs up in kind….

, Catalyst
So the President Has a Housing Task Force, but What Can the Feds Really Do?
Nick Zaiac

On June 25, President Trump signed an executive order “establishing a White House council on eliminating regulatory barriers to affordable housing.” Section 1 of the document makes the…

, Catalyst
No Home When You Get Out
Nick Zaiac & Jonathan Haggerty

Roughly 600,000 prisoners will return to their communities by the end of this year, but if the past is any indicator, as many as 60 percent of those individuals will be convicted of a new offense…

Won’t you be my neighbor?
Jonathan Coppage

While they had some policy knowledge about urban challenges (Bill Taft had recently obtained his masters in urban planning, and Joanna had worked in a federal agency), the couple possessed little…

, Catalyst
Upzoning the Ellis Island of the South
Nick Zaiac

Readers of this space hear a lot about NIMBYism, the impulse of individuals to oppose changes to land-use regulations that allow new types of structures near their homes, offices, and places of…

, Intellectual Takeout
California Makes Housing Scarcer
Steven Greenhut

From Intellectual Takeout:

Hostility towards landlords results in many dwellings being left vacant rather than housing a needy tenant. Would-be landlords won’t rent out, for fear that they…

, Catalyst
High Housing Costs Are Not Just Limited to Big Cities
Nick Zaiac

Land, land everywhere, but not a place to build!

The story of high housing costs has long been associated with large cities, but a century after zoning and other forms of land-use regulations…

Renters are about to get what they want – good and hard
Steven Greenhut

Tenants’ rights groups are ecstatic that two major rent-control bills have sailed through the Assembly’s Housing and Community Development Committee. Democratic supermajorities and Gov. Gavin…

, Catalyst
Two Paths to Improve How Localities Pay for Services and Amenities
Nick Zaiac

New construction, whether of the sprawl or infill flavor, almost always generates some form of push back. Sometimes the opposition is garden-variety NIMBYism, but other times it arises out of real…

, Catalyst
Four Ways to Improve Land Use Without Upzoning
Nick Zaiac

Prolonged periods of high rents, as many American cities have experienced for the last decade, are a sign that the city hasn’t permitted enough potential building space in its most desirable…