Author Archives: Matthew Robare
An Atlantic correspondent visits obscure places, but avoids hard questions.
Can the Green Mountain State pay new residents to settle there?
Economic obstacles and insular attitudes keep many neighborhoods from welcoming newcomers.
Real estate speculation doesn’t create wealth, it sets up a game of musical chairs–and we now know what happens when the music stops.
An Uber self-driving car has killed a pedestrian. But the questions go beyond the safety of the new technology.
Resilient cities must be real places, not techno-utopian experiments.
Economic subsidies generally cost cities more than they are worth.
Too much asphalt—in roads and parking lots—is responsible for more devastation.
Overly restrictive patent law and housing regulation reward existing monopolies.
Rural communities need the regional dynamism that metropolitan areas provide.
Is there still room for the sacred in the city?
Privacy fences make neighborhoods boring and subject to blight.
Neoclassical stadiums have revitalized baseball, but don’t automatically create vibrant neighborhoods.
When revitalized downtowns become dominated by chain stores, independent businesses struggle to compete.
The misleading “land-use trilemma” suggests that affordable housing always requires expanding the suburbs.
Local ownership of inner-city enterprises is helping renew depressed neighborhoods.
A 21-year-old developer is rescuing his hometown—one building at a time.
Advancing the great urbanist’s wisdom of recovery has to proceed organically, over the generations.
Creating whole cities from scratch is neither environmentally nor socially sustainable.
Noam Chomsky holds court on his political philosophy and its critique of power.
from The American Conservative