Urban Issues

Americans Accelerate Move Away from Density


For more than 75 years America has been dispersing away from dense urban cores, with nearly all population growth in neighborhoods with a suburban form  read more »

What If Chicago Had Been Awarded the 2016 Olympics? Part 2


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When I asked the “what if” question about Chicago being awarded the 2016 Olympics, it was just prior to the event itself. I noted some possible outcomes of a Chicago Olympics, but eight years beyond that today offers even greater perspective.  read more »

Is Bicycling Improving?


One of my many beefs with government planning advocates is that they tend to judge success by measuring inputs rather than outputs.  read more »

Home Ownership by Type of Residential Building


The latest American Community Survey data (2022) indicates that higher density condo living is strongly correlated with lower rates of home ownership than among detached or attached houses. The table below provides US data as well as data for the 56 major metropolitan areas by residential building density.

National Home Ownership by Type of Residential Building: Overall, 65.2% of US households owned their own homes  read more »

Mid-Day Traffic Now Worse Than AM Rush Hour


Morning and afternoon rush-hour traffic has returned to pre-pandemic levels in many U.S. urban areas, according to INRIX’s 2023 Global Traffic Scorecard.<--break--> However, what INRIX finds most “astonishing” is that mid-day traffic has grown by an average of 23 percent and is now much greater than during the morning rush hour, and almost as great at around noon as the afternoon rush hour.  read more »

Measuring Opportunity across America: A good idea but it’s all about the details


Where you grow up in America powerfully influences your prospects in life.  read more »

The Metro Framing Urbanists Didn't Know They Needed


If you’ve ever taken any interest in how cities grow and evolve, I’m sure you’ve noticed this before.

Urbanists want data. We want data that helps us understand how the places we love and live in got to be what they are. We want to know what makes them tick, what’s replicable.  read more »


The Road to Neo-Feudalism


For middle- and working-class people across the developed world, home ownership has served as a primary driver of upward mobility. But in a growing number of places, this aspiration is being systematically undermined  read more »

April 2024 Transit Ridership 74.6% of 2019


Transit systems carried less than 75 percent as many riders in April 2024 as in the same month before the pandemic  read more »

The Demographic Dilemma: How Urban Planning is Deepening Australia’s Social Divide


For over two decades, urban planning’s preoccupation with urban form above all else, has diminished its ability to resolve the growing social and economic divide occurring across the nation.  read more »