Housing & zoning researcher at @mercatus. Working with state legislators, mayors, advocates, and experts to let the housing market work again.
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Oct 11, 2022 • 26 tweets • 12 min read
NEW RESEARCH: @MaryJoWebster and I document that multi-family zoning is strongly correlated with racial integration in the Twin Cities. In parallel, Matt Resseger finds the same in Greater Boston. Here's a brief summarizing & contextualizing both papers. mercatus.org/publications/u…@MaryJoWebster@MaryJoWebster and I find that a multifamily-zoned block group in the Twin Cities metro has 21 percentage points more non-White residents than a similarly situated block group zoned single-family only.
Oct 10, 2022 • 10 tweets • 4 min read
The Columbus/Indigenous People's Day debate is utterly fruitless. Neither of those can be a holiday for all Americans at this point. So you can try to score points for your team, or you can join my longstanding call for #HolidayReform.
(Those graphs are pre-Juneteenth).
My short theory of holidays is that the ones that "work" are those where people can agree on some common set of activities - BBQs, family time, gift exchange, whatever.
Mar 29, 2022 • 18 tweets • 8 min read
How bad can a single paragraph be? Bad enough that @reason shouldn't publish @antiplanner again without a fact check. Let's walk through this: reason.com/2022/03/13/how…@reason@antiplanner "Most New England states abandoned the county level of government,"
This is true of about half of Massachusetts counties. But there wasn't much to New England counties to begin with. In Mass, the counties were formed *after* the towns (in 1643) mostly to handle judicial affairs.
Mar 26, 2021 • 23 tweets • 9 min read
#YIMBY twitter, you don't want to miss #SB349 - "Increase Housing Opportunities" - introduced today in North Carolina's Senate.
It's a fourplex bill. It's an ADU bill. It's got a @cmsandefur-flavor "no downzoning without cause" component. And it's got one of the biggest changes to a SZEA since Euclid: a jurisdiction may not entirely zone out any use other than industrial, nuisances, and strip clubs.
Dec 22, 2020 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
The new executive order on designing federal buildings is a good, logical extension of the GSA's longstanding role in making choices about how government should physically build. The criticisms seem to mainly be about anti-Trump mood affiliation. bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
First of all, buildings don't just arrive randomly. Somebody has to make choices. Exactly zero (0) people on Twitter were bothered by this before the current administration slightly tweaked that process.
Dec 19, 2020 • 19 tweets • 5 min read
After I watched @HillbillyElegy, I was puzzled why movie reviewers hate it so much. (It has a 26% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a level usually reserved for mailed-in sequels). Usually I'm a picky movie-viewer and I tend to agree with the reviewers. rottentomatoes.com/m/hillbilly_el…
I even re-read the book - which I first read in 2016 (smartly, before I read any of the 3,000 book reviews). So #inthisessay I'll have some comments about the book as well. Here are a few theses:
Sep 10, 2020 • 8 tweets • 3 min read
You want to transform car-oriented sprawl to a walkable 15-minute city? There's only one place in the US where that's happening on a large scale: Houston. And it's not perfect, of course, but it's diverse (in both buildings & people) and happening in real time.
There are of course other, smaller-scale pockets of transformation. Palisades Park, NJ, is one: side-by-side duplexes have practically taken over the town. High parking minimums force them all to be tuck-unders.
(h/t native son Ed Pinto & @ebwhamilton for research on this)
Oct 10, 2019 • 11 tweets • 2 min read
As far as I can tell #SanFrancisco has only issued one (1) building permit for a 10+ unit building based on an application received since Jan 1, 2017. (Barack Obama was president then, remember him?)
That permit was issued for 975 Bryant Street, which replaced an industrial building with what will someday become a 185-unit mixed-use building. (See Application #20170630808). Trammel Crow's website says it's in "pre-construction".
Aug 20, 2019 • 40 tweets • 7 min read
Getting into the first #1619Project essay, and the author (Nikole Hannah-Jones) is both laudably writing blacks into American history and shamefully writing some inconvenient others out of it.
She really wants the white colonists to be not merely misguided, but evil. That's harder with the non-slaveholding northerners, who began and sustained the rebellion, so they disappear in her text.
Feb 20, 2019 • 9 tweets • 2 min read
I finally read Enrico Moretti's "The New Geography of Jobs" this week. It was better than I expected - both a good introduction to the topic and interesting details and research results that kept me engaged.
Stylistically, he does an impressive job hewing close to the research results while avoiding jargon and identification strategies. It's a clear, coherent narrative about city growth and decline, with lots of evidence at each step in the argument.