Archive for September, 2009

The Suburbs Are Fatter

Felix talks about the fact that urbanites are thinner than their suburban counterparts and he ventures some explanations for why this might be so. Matt DeBord becomes unhinged and slams Felix as an elitist who is ignorant of the athletic he-men who actually populate suburbia. It’s a real ranter’s rant: Oy! Talk about an east-of-the-Hudson […]

In Praise of the Olympics

Matt writes: New York Times article about the Obama administration’s involvement in Chicago’s 2016 Olympic bid once again reminds me of how crazy all the Olympic-related lobbying seems. Is there any reason to think these events are actually beneficial? The main sense in which you can imagine a city being made better off by hosting […]

The Output Effects of Migration (wonkish-ish)

Last week, the Bureau of Economic Analysis released updated figures for gross metropolitan product, and I’ve been playing around with the numbers a bit. One thing that stands out: most metropolitan areas enjoyed substantial output growth between 2001 and 2008, but there were major divergences in the performance of output per capita. Consider this: the […]

Exurban Tolls

This past week, the Post had a story on proposed toll rates for the ICC, which at 20 cents to 35 cents per mile are somewhat higher than typical tolls elsewhere in the regoin and the nation. From a broad perspective, this is a good thing; the more people get used to paying to use […]

Tyler and Tysons

Let’s just go through his latest: I do not buy into the idea that Tysons Corner is a lot like central Arlington.  Last night I did some field research and walked through the major developed parts of Arlington (Rosslyn aside) in one fell swoop.  I’ll put the rest under the fold… As I had expected, […]

Still Not Getting It

Apropos of the recent Washington Post story on how Fairfax County planners are looking to reduce the density of redeveloped properties in Tysons Corner, Tyler Cowen writes: It seems the eight “mini-cities” are on the way out.  Why?  The area’s Revolutionary War era roads can’t handle too much additional population density… That is, in a […]

Whence the Suburbs?

Liberal bloggers appear to have gotten results, and Tyler Cowen has recently been blogging on metropolitan development. On the whole, his posts are pretty interesting reads, though urbanist readers won’t find much new there. Tyler has also generated some nice responses, including a couple from Mike Konczal. At the heart of many of Tyler’s posts […]

The Burbs

Bryan Caplan responds to my post. He says: [A]s a practical matter, there’s a lot more empty and government land in suburbia (or potential suburbia) than there is in major cities.  This is the mirror image of, say, a law capping buildings at ten stories: While the law applies equally to cities and suburbs, it […]

Water Subsidies

Tyler responds to my post, pointing out that he is supportive of many policy changes that would be pro-urban. One he mentions is this: I would not have brought the U.S. down the path of water subsidies, many of which are pro-suburban.  (Admitted they are not always easy to repeal.) Water is another of those […]

Bryan Caplan is a Useful Opponent

I don’t know what’s more perplexing to me: that Bryan Caplan seemed to think that labeling the four bullet points in this post, “A few of the leading anti-suburban policies,” would strengthen his argument that government may be anti-suburban on net, or that Tyler Cowen linked to the piece, suggesting he felt it was worth […]