policy

Canada to Tax Home Equity?

In Canada, where income adjusted house prices vary more than five times between metropolitan areas, the threat of a federal initiative to tax house equity could be looming.  read more »

The Unpopularity of Rule by Emergency Decree

As the coronavirus pandemic hit in early 2020, state and local executives issued emergency orders to respond to this unprecedented health situation.  read more »

Demand for Highways and Productivity

Editors Note: The following letter was sent by Alan E Pisarski to The Wall Street Journal in response to articles on highway productivity  read more »

UK Economy Survives Pandemic: Government Assistance and Remote Work the Reasons

In an article entitled “Financial hit from Covid far less drastic than feared,” The Times of London reported on July 8 reported that “Unemployment, debt and earnings have not worsened significantly as a result of the pandemic  read more »

Quebec to Start 3-Day Work at Home Policy in 2022

Evidence keeps mounting that conversion to the “hybrid” or “cloud” employment model is gaining steam.  read more »

California: Densifying Like No Other

We have previously shown that California is the least sprawling state, with an urban population density of 4,304 per square mile of land in 2010  read more »

Regulation of Electric Power in Texas

Politicians, pundits, and the public at large have voiced deep concern that electricity was tragically unavailable to many Texans during the recent period of extreme cold. Claims that lax ERCOT planning caused the problem are exaggerated.  read more »

Another Hit for Lousiville's Boondoggle Bridges

For years I’ve been writing about how the project to build two new bridge across the Ohio River at Louisville, Kentucky was an enormous boondoggle.  read more »

Feudal Future Podcast — Examining China's Urban Growth, with Austin Williams

On today's episode of Feudal Future hosts Joel Kotkin and Marshall Toplansky are joined by Austin Williams. Austin Rhys Williams is course leader/senior lecturer in PG Dip Professional Practice in Architecture at Kingston School of Art; and honorary research fellow at XJTLU University in China.

He is the director of the Future Cities Project, China correspondent for the Architectural Review and has written for a range of publications; from the Times Literary Supplement to Top Gear; from Dezeen to The Economist.  read more »

Feudal Future Podcast, with John Russo

On today's episode of Feudal Future hosts Joel Kotkin and Marshall Toplansky interview John Russo, co-author of Steel Town USA and a visiting scholar at Georgetown University.  read more »