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Michael E Lewyn

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Remarks On Public Transit (Part Of Panel Discussion On Cities And Economic Development) At Pepperdine Univ., Michael Lewyn Mar 2019

Remarks On Public Transit (Part Of Panel Discussion On Cities And Economic Development) At Pepperdine Univ., Michael Lewyn

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Midat Sodom And The Housing Affordability Crisis, Michael Lewyn Feb 2019

Midat Sodom And The Housing Affordability Crisis, Michael Lewyn

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Ancient Jewish texts states that the city of Sodom was overthrown because of its hostility to hospitality. Today, American cities often limit new housing; is this policy analogous to midat Sodom (Hebrew for "the ways of Sodom")? What arguments justify these policies, and what counter-arguments are relevant to those arguments?


Introduction To Transit-Oriented Development, Michael Lewyn Oct 2018

Introduction To Transit-Oriented Development, Michael Lewyn

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Explains how transit-oriented development differs from the automobile-oriented development that surrounds many suburban train stations, why the former is desirable, and what sort of zoning changes promote such development.


The Rise Of Market Urbanism, Michael Lewyn Jun 2018

The Rise Of Market Urbanism, Michael Lewyn

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Compares market urbanism to new urbanism and to defenders of suburban sprawl. Like new urbanists, market urbanists find urban life to be socially valuable, and emphasize that sprawl is not always in line with consumer preferences. But market urbanists are more likely to emphasize the role of government regulation in creating suburbanization, and to oppose anti-sprawl land use regulations.


Market Urbanism, Michael Lewyn Apr 2018

Market Urbanism, Michael Lewyn

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A speech comparing market urbanism and new urbanism.


The Neighborhood Veto And Its Discontents, Michael Lewyn Feb 2018

The Neighborhood Veto And Its Discontents, Michael Lewyn

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Discusses negative side effects of neighborhood input on land use decisions related to housing. In particular, my speech suggests that the "neighborhood veto" over rezonings increases housing supply by reducing housing prices, and makes development more car-oriented by reducing population density.


Super Problems In Superstar Cities, Michael Lewyn, Beth Gazes Dec 2017

Super Problems In Superstar Cities, Michael Lewyn, Beth Gazes

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Review of Richard Florida's The New Urban Crisis


Engineering Standards In Highway Design Litigation, Michael Lewyn Dec 2017

Engineering Standards In Highway Design Litigation, Michael Lewyn

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Highway engineers sometimes believe that if they redesign streets to improve pedestrian safety (for example, by introducing traffic calming techniques) they might be successfully sued for negligent design by motorists. This chapter suggests that in such situations, governments are likely to be protected by discretionary function immunity. In addition, the chapter discusses a variety of technical issues.


2018 July-December Market Urbanism Blog Posts, Michael Lewyn Dec 2017

2018 July-December Market Urbanism Blog Posts, Michael Lewyn

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Posts at marketurbanism.com


Powerpoint- Setback Speech, Michael Lewyn Jun 2017

Powerpoint- Setback Speech, Michael Lewyn

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Setback regulations often require that all buildings be a certain amount of feet (usually about 25-50 feet from the street).  As a result of these zoning rules, all destinations outside the most urban areas have to place either parking or useless green spaces between the street and a store, office building or residence.
 
I argue that these regulations make walking more difficult, for four reasons.  First, pedestrians have to waste time walking through these empty spaces.  Second, walking through a sea of parking is simply no fun.  Pedestrians tend to enjoy shade and a sense of enclosure, so they tend ...


Suburbia, Gentrification And Jews, Michael Lewyn Feb 2017

Suburbia, Gentrification And Jews, Michael Lewyn

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Has the gentrification of recent decades arrested the 20th-century movement of Jews to suburbia? After reviewing Jewish population surveys, I conclude that in most cities, the Jewish intown population has increased modestly. I also discuss why some cities' Jewish populations are more suburbanized more than others.


Health And Safety Overregulation, Michael Lewyn Jan 2017

Health And Safety Overregulation, Michael Lewyn

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Anti-jaywalking laws are designed to protect the safety of pedestrians. Similarly, police and child protection officials punish parents who allow their children to walk to school, in the name of child safety. This speech criticizes these policies and their justifications.


The Environmentalist Case For Sprawl- And Why It Fails, Michael Lewyn Dec 2016

The Environmentalist Case For Sprawl- And Why It Fails, Michael Lewyn

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Environmentalists generally favor compact, walkable development, because development that reduces automobile use may reduce automobile-related pollution. Defenders of suburban sprawl argue, however, that compact development may actually increase pollution in a variety of ways. This article criticizes the latter argument.,


March-July 2017 Market Urbanism Posts, Michael Lewyn Dec 2016

March-July 2017 Market Urbanism Posts, Michael Lewyn

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My blog posts from March to July 2017 at marketurbanism.com


The Obama Administration's Parting Shot, Michael Lewyn Dec 2016

The Obama Administration's Parting Shot, Michael Lewyn

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Discusses the "Housing Development Toolkit", a policy paper on affordable housing issued by the White House in September 2016.


The Criminalization Of Walking, Michael Lewyn Dec 2016

The Criminalization Of Walking, Michael Lewyn

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The simple act of walking is sometimes criminalized in the United States. Anti-jaywalking statutes and ordinances—originally motivated by auto-industry lobbyists in the 1920s—call for fines and, sometimes, imprisonment for crossing the street. Additionally, some localities have interpreted statutes against “child neglect” to encompass a parent’s decision to let their kid walk outside alone. The result of this criminalization? Such policies have reduced pedestrian liberty, increased automobile traffic and pollution, and created a disincentive for physical activity in the midst of an obesity and diabetes epidemic. In addition to discussing these effects, this Article argues that the purported ...


Robocar Risks, Michael Lewyn Dec 2016

Robocar Risks, Michael Lewyn

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Suggests that policymakers should not widen roads or stringently enforce anti-jaywalking laws in order to accommodate autonomous vehicles.


My Planetizen Blog Posts July-August 2017, Michael Lewyn Dec 2016

My Planetizen Blog Posts July-August 2017, Michael Lewyn

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Blog posts reprinted from planetizen.com


Jan-Feb. 2017 Market Urbanism Posts, Michael Lewyn Dec 2016

Jan-Feb. 2017 Market Urbanism Posts, Michael Lewyn

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Blog posts at start of 2017 in marketurbanism.com


2007 Cnu Blog Posts, Michael Lewyn Dec 2016

2007 Cnu Blog Posts, Michael Lewyn

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The Congress for New Urbanism (cnu.org) once had a group blog that I contributed to. These are my 2007 posts, mostly about the 2007 CNU conference.


2015 Cnu Blog Posts, Michael Lewyn Dec 2016

2015 Cnu Blog Posts, Michael Lewyn

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My blog posts at the Congress for New Urbanism (cnu.org) website, obtained at archive.org. Unfortunately, a few posts (mostly from May) still have not been found.


Attacking Smart Growth, Michael Lewyn Dec 2016

Attacking Smart Growth, Michael Lewyn

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Review of The Human City, by Joel Kotkin


Does The Threat Of Gentrification Justify Restrictive Zoning?, Michael Lewyn Dec 2016

Does The Threat Of Gentrification Justify Restrictive Zoning?, Michael Lewyn

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Historically, progressives have opposed restrictive zoning, arguing that by restricting the housing supply to high-end housing, zoning reduces the supply of housing available to lower-income Americans. But recently, some progressives have suggested that new market-rate housing facilitates gentrification and displacement of lower-income renters. This article critically examines that theory.


Planetizen Blog Posts September-December 2017, Michael Lewyn Dec 2016

Planetizen Blog Posts September-December 2017, Michael Lewyn

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Blog posts related to public transit, housing costs, and other urban issues.


Planetizen.Com Blog Posts First Half Of 2017, Michael Lewyn Dec 2016

Planetizen.Com Blog Posts First Half Of 2017, Michael Lewyn

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Blog posts on urban issues. Original versions on planetizen.com


The Middle Class, Urban Schools, And Choice, Michael Lewyn Dec 2016

The Middle Class, Urban Schools, And Choice, Michael Lewyn

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It is common knowledge that middle- and upper-class parents tend to disfavor urban public schools, and often move to suburbs in order to avoid having to send their children to those schools. Thus, the condition of urban public schools contributes to suburban sprawl- that is, the movement of people and jobs from city to suburb. 

 This article discusses a variety of possible solutions to the unpopularity of urban schools among middle-class parents.  Part I of the Article suggests that this problem is a cause as well as a result of middle-class flight: that is, urban schools have poor reputations because ...


2017 Market Urbanism Report Blog Posts, Michael Lewyn Dec 2016

2017 Market Urbanism Report Blog Posts, Michael Lewyn

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2017 posts on various urban issues (also available at https://marketurbanismreport.com/author/michael/ )


The Middle Class, Urban Schools And Choice, Michael Lewyn Oct 2016

The Middle Class, Urban Schools And Choice, Michael Lewyn

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Urban schools tend to be less attractive to middle-class parents than suburban schools; as a result, the public school system generates suburban sprawl.  This talk discusses both egalitarian and market-oriented means of making cities more attractive to parents.


The Criminalization Of Walking, Michael Lewyn Sep 2016

The Criminalization Of Walking, Michael Lewyn

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Talk based on my longer article "The Criminalization of Walking" (now at https://works.bepress.com/lewyn/106/ ). I note that I gave a similar speech at Limmud New York on 2-20-17.


The Roots Of Expensive Zoning, Michael Lewyn Dec 2015

The Roots Of Expensive Zoning, Michael Lewyn

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Review of Zoning Rules, by William Fischel.