Archive for January, 2011

How to Densify

Let me make one other quick point on the topic of density and productivity. If you read Ed Glaeser, you see him arguing, in compelling fashion, that dense collections of human capital are the secret to innovation and growth. And I believe him. From this position, he’ll argue against foolish restrictions on new housing supply. […]

Density, Productivity, and the Great Migration

Let’s develop an idea in the last post a little more. Discussing the impact of the removal of a key barrier to increased residential and commercial real estate supply, I noted: Ultimately, the Washington metro area will be more populous throughout its full extent, and it will be larger in area — bigger richer cities […]

Urban Econ Thought Experiments

Have you seen the latest Metro fantasy map? I love fantasy maps. This one sparked a brief Twitter dialogue that offers the opportunity for a little urban econ thought experiment. Ready? Yglesias tweeted: This Metro fantasy map could be totally realistic if we repealed the Height Act: Josh Barro replied: @mattyglesias if the height […]

Do Neoliberals Believe in Ritual Worker Sacrifice?

Mike Konczal quotes me writing about the highly progressive nature of neoliberalism, internationally speaking, and he says: Of course, traditional lefty are very concerned about international views of development in human welfare – very much so.  This reminds me of the “trade” that one of the CEO’s in Chrystia Freeland’s Atlantic Monthly article The Rise of […]

Neoliberal Me

The blogosphere has been swept with talk of this jeremiad on the lack of a true left wing in America’s political discourse. All the most popular lefty bloggers, says Freddie, are neoliberals like Matt Yglesias, Kevin Drum, and Jon Chait. Freddie’s essay is long and touches on many themes, but I’d like to put down […]

Advice, to Self and Others

Are you putting important things off until some future period when you have more time? Don’t; in the future you will only have less time. Make time for those things now or accept that they aren’t as important to you as you thought.

Let Markets Work

Matt rightly complains about minimum parking requirements, and Kevin Drum responds: Requirements in cities and suburbs vary, but here in the burbs the general idea behind parking regulations is to make businesses pay for their own externalities instead of fobbing them off on other people. If I provide parking for my customers, and someone opens […]