Archive for September, 2007


I’ve been scratching my head over this story in today’s Washington Examiner. It’s basically a long lament by Loudoun County officials over having missed out on an opportunity to attract the Volkswagen HQ. What a big get that might have been for the Washington area, right? Except that the Washington area did get the VW […]

Regional Rail

I have to tell you, I’m pretty excited about the Maryland Transit Administration’s plans to significantly increase the service level of MARC trains, turning them into a, “fully functional, seven-days-a-week urban transit system.” The potential is there, I think, with growth in MARC service and with a growing list of small light-rail projects throughout the […]

Optimal Currency Zones

So, clearly the housing market generally is in bad shape. Bad shape. And getting worse. And this is why Brad DeLong places himself in the rate-cutting camp. Fair enough. Except, prices in Manhattan are going up, up, up. And prices around Washington are beginning to climb, as well (in the District they never dropped). So, […]


I think that there is some truth in what Alex Tabarrok is saying here; it’s a point that I’ve made with regard to a number of issues in the District. If success relies upon individuals, then it won’t happen often, and it won’t be sustainable. If success instead relies upon a sound process, then that […]

Grass is Greener

Megan makes a good point on between-city comparisons here. You know, I’ve been in DC now for about six years, and it’s funny how much effort it takes to find and do new things. This isn’t at all because there aren’t new things to do. Rather, it’s a combination of: 1) having long ago picked […]

All Ezra All the Time

Ok, well, I guess this is what the man is talking about. Says Brian Beutler: I cannot possibly fathom why D.C. lacks the number of book stores, record stores, coffee shops, night clubs, 24-hour restaurants, etc., etc. that you’d expect based on it’s relatively large population of wealthy, single young people. I love my D.C., […]

Ezra Watch Continues…

Well, we’ve all written things that don’t come off exactly the way we want them to. I’m still struggling to get Ezra’s point: [W]hat struck me when I went to Seattle was how much more livable Seattle was. What makes DC awesome is the collection of people pulled their for work (and no, the existence […]

Lord Have Mercy

Jumping Christ on a hotplate, I cannot believe that young Ezra authored this post: Sounds like Portland is a rather nice place to live — a fact backed up by everybody I know who has ever lived there, despite what Cato says. This has actually puzzled me since I went to Seattle and noticed all […]

More on Smart Growth

I want to follow up on that last post. I frequently talk here about research by Harvard’s Ed Glaeser, which shows that denser cities have more regulations prohibiting new growth, leading to slow growth and high home prices. Opponents of smart growth programs often cite this as a reason to continue sprawl, noting that sprawl […]

How Do You Live?

Several friends have sent me this fantastic report, produced as a collaborative effort by researchers at a couple of smart growth organizations and universities. It takes a long look at the role of the built environment in climate change, and it notes that, as I’ve said here before, simply improving efficiency or switching to alternative […]