"The Whole Elephant"

Strong Towns | July 27, 2018

There’s an ancient Indian parable called the Blind Men and the Elephant. It was most famously introduced to the West in verse by 19th-century poet John Godfrey Saxe.


"Portland rents are going down"

City Observatory | July 23, 2018

More supply is driving down rents in the Rose City

According to Apartment List.com, rents for one bedroom apartments in Portland have declined 3 percent in the past year. It’s a solid vindication of the standard predictions of economic theory: adding more supply (building more apartments) helps drive down prices.


"The Cost of Rent in 140+ North American Cities"

Visual Capitalist | July 20, 2018

Location, location, location.

Rental markets are heating up all over the continent, but there are specific cities that are feeling the brunt of this phenomenon.


"We Don’t Need More Affordable Housing, We Need More Housing So It Will Be Affordable"

Forbes | July 16, 2018

If we believe that cities provide economic opportunity, produce fewer carbon emissions per capita than urban sprawl, that cities are more energy efficient, that they have less impact on oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams, that cities afford people of a wide variety of ethnic, economic, and cultural backgrounds to live close to each other and learn from one another, then we should believe that more people ought to be able to live in cities.


"American Cities Are Drowning in Car Storage"

StreetsBlog USA | July 12, 2018

Groundbreaking research presents credible estimates of the total parking supply in several American cities, and it’s not pretty.


"How luxury housing becomes affordable"

City Observatory | July 11, 2018

Build expensive new “luxury” apartments, and wait a few decades

One of the most common refrains the the affordable housing discussion is “developers are targeting the high end of the market” and new apartments are just unaffordable. Left to its own devices, we’re told, there’s no way the market will build new housing affordable to the nation’s low and moderate income households.


"Our homes don’t need formal spaces"

Curbed | July 11, 2018

The entertaining rooms meant to make us social actually foster isolation

For a recent study, UCLA-affiliated researchers in fields ranging from anthropology to sociology used cameras to record in great detail how 32 dual-income families living in the Los Angeles area used their homes.


"Study: It’s harder to escape high rents in SF than in any city on earth"

SF Gate | July 5, 2018

It’s no secret rent in San Francisco costs an arm and at least one leg as the West Coast city usually lands at the top of lists ranking the most expensive places to live in the nation.