CNU Salons

Does smart growth regulation create price instability?

One argument I've seen in anti-smart growth literature is that regulation generally and/or smart growth-oriented regulation creates housing bubbles that lead to price instability.   

Reality Check on Urban Poverty

I've read some stories suggesting that poverty is decreasing in cities and increasing in suburbs.  Urbanists see this alleged trend as evidence that cities are becoming more popular; egalitarians see it as evidence that gentrification is driving the poor into suburbia.

Should San Francisco Be Freeway-Free?

Could San Francisco function without any freeways? With all the derring-do that an outsider agitator can bring to a city of stakeholders, I suggested just that last Friday in the City by the Bay. Streetsblog was there.

So read the article and comment and vote. Should the SF Freeway system be wiped away?

Calling All Advocates: New Highways-to-Boulevards Survey

Hello Highway Removal Advocates!

CNU is embarking on a new an effort that will expand our Highways-to-Boulevards initiative through online educational resources. This educational series will provide advocates with the tools to execute a successful Highway Removal campaign. We need to hear from you about what tools, information, and resources would be most helpful.

How The Sprawl Lobby Is Totalitarian

I recently read the following comment justifying sprawl-oriented policies: "people still want the freedom of choice, privacy and flexibility a car affords." 

I have often seen this sort of argument; it seems to me to endorse the following chain of logic: (1) an unspecified number of "people" (presumably a majority) want cars and therefore (2) we should enact policies that make car ownership effectively mandatory (e.g. using highways to shift development to places without public transit, building streets too wide to be crossable by pedestrians).

High-Speed Streets Cause Tragedy in Jacksonville

Last Friday night, a woman and her daughter were struck by a car while crossing the street to attend Yom Kippur services in Jacksonville, Florida. The mother died instantly, the daughter was hospitalized.

HIGHWAYS TO BOULEVARDS BLOG: The Language of Urban Freeways

This post is a part of CNU’s Highways to Boulevards Blog series, which features interview summaries and insights from some of the best minds at the frontline of our Highways to Boulevards Initiative.

Exciting New Database

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy just came out with a fun new database of fiscal information about cities.   A few of the things I learned after playing around in the database for an hour:

Reviewing A Review of "The End of the Suburbs"

In the Wall Street Journal, Joel Kotkin pans Leigh Gallagher's "The End of the Suburbs."  Generally, I don't consider a fight about whether cities or suburbs are winning the future to be of much interest; in reality, there are growing cities and growing suburbs, just as there are declining cities and declining suburbs.  However, Kotkin does raise a number of points which I think are worthy of discussion.