Posts Tagged ‘density’

We Need More Housing. Lots More Housing.

We constantly hear about D.C.'s population growth—more than 1,000 new residents per month, as Gray administration officials are fond of reminding us—and the resulting threat to housing affordability. But what tends to get overlooked is the sheer challenge of actually building enough housing to accommodate all those new people over the next few decades.
A paper [...]

Where the Millennials Live (and Other Demographic Treasures)

That sea of light blue dots concentrated in Wards 1 and 2 (and Ward 5's Bloomingdale)? Those are D.C.'s infamous millennials. The map comes to us courtesy of a wonderful new study from the Urban Institute on the demographic changes in the District. Here are a few key points:
1. The city's demographic changes aren't racially [...]

This Is What D.C. Would Look Like With Taller Buildings

Last week, as part of their congressionally mandated review of the 1910 Height of Buildings Act, the National Capital Planning Commission and D.C. Office of Planning unveiled a few images from their modeling study of what the District would look like under various changes to the law. Today, NCPC released a whole lot more. So [...]

How Brookland—And Dupont Circle—Are Killing the American Economy

OK, not by themselves. But Brookland, in its fight over the years against additional density at its underutilized Metro station, is exhibit A in Arlington-based economist Ryan Avent's new argument—also summarized in Sunday's New York Times—that our failure to build more housing in America's most opportunity-rich cities is choking economic growth. I'm sure Avent must [...]

What Does Ed Glaeser Have Against Planning?

You may already have read economist Ed Glaeser’s long Atlantic cover story about why skyscrapers are great. It’s pretty much a reprint of a chapter in his just-published book, Triumph of the City, which has already been regurgitated in high places. The book itself is a good, quick read that supports things I’ve said about [...]