Airbnb has indeed raised rents, removed housing from the rental market, and fueled gentrification—at least in New York City.
“In fact, the common understanding of cities is changing—from a simple-minded notion that "that's where the jobs are" to a deeper understanding of cities as creative engines of human development, with a remarkable inherent capacity for resource efficiency.”
Oh, look! A bipartisan effort to undermine the government’s ability to fight racial discrimination in mortgage lending.
Residents in Boston’s poorest neighborhoods are much more likely to encounter dysfunctional sidewalks with buckled asphalt, cracking concrete, and tree roots shattering the pavement.
“The housing crisis in our most prosperous cities is now distorting the entire American economy.”
“Racial discrepancies probably explain why the Bayou Greenways initiative hasn’t exactly been a particularly all-inviting campaign. Since much of the Bayou parks project is privately financed ($90 million in private funds have been raised as of February 2016), Bryant, who is African-American, says many think that it’s created for the enjoyment of Houston’s elites—the kind who informed the original city survey.”
Look Ma, no (traffic) lights!
“Seattle’s remarkable performance was driven by major investments in transit. Since 2014, Seattle and King County have increased overall transit service 13 percent, fueled by strong support at the ballot box.”
An excellent proposal.