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Hurricane Harvey Whitepaper

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and the disastrous flooding, Houston has come under extreme scrutiny. Much of the current debate starts from a firm misunderstanding of the region’s realities.
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San Francisco Bay Area Housing 3Q17: Affordability Limits Continue to Be Tested

“The story in this market continues to be affordability, or the lack thereof,” said Greg Gross, Regional Director of Metrostudy’s Northern California market. “Our average “offer to build” base price for new Single Family detached homes is up 17%...
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A U.S. Home Ownership Turnaround?

by Wendell Cox — The Census Bureau reports that home ownership in the U.S. rose to 63.9 percent in the third quarter of 2017, continuing the rising trend since the second quarter of 2016...
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Rising Rents are Stressing Out Tenants and Heightening America's Housing Crisis

by Joel Kotkin with Wendell Cox — The home-buying struggles of Americans, particularly millennials, have been well documented. Yet a recent study found that the often-proposed “solution” of renting is not much of a panacea.
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Ending Economic Apartheid

by Randal O'Toole — Thanks to its greenbelt and slow-growth policies, Boulder, Colorado is the nation’s most-expensive and least-affordable housing market of any city not in a coastal state.
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Progressive Cities: Home of the Worst Housing Inequality

by Wendell Cox — America's most highly regulated housing markets are also reliably the most progressive in their political attitudes.
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What Do Houston's Pro-Growth Boosters Think Now?

Hurricane Harvey inflicted an estimated $100 billion in damage on the Houston area in August and September, a catastrophe that some urban planning pundits...
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The Suburb of the Future, Almost Here

by Alan M. Berger — Millennials want a different kind of suburban development that is smart, efficient and sustainable. That future is almost here...

California Politicians Not Serious About Fixing Housing Crisis

by Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox — California’s political leaders, having ignored and even abetted our housing shortage, now pretend that they will “solve it.” Don’t bet on it
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Forget the Urban Stereotypes: What Millennial America Really Looks Like

Perhaps no generation has been more spoken for than millennials. In the mainstream press, they are almost universally portrayed as aspiring urbanistas, waiting to move into the nation’s dense and expensive core cities.
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Is California About to Clobber Local Control?

by Zelda Bronstein The gradual decimation of local voice in planning has become accepted policy in Sacramento. The State Senate is now considering two dangerous bills, that together severely curtail democratic control of housing.