Where It’s Tough To Select a New Garbage Can

Ranging from price to design, San Francisco and New York City have very different goals when it comes to designing a new garbage can.

The Cities That Innovate the Most

Prosperity is becoming increasingly concentrated as talent attracts talent and highly educated workers are moving to the same innovation centers.

What an Air Quality Index Really Measures

While the Air Quality Index (AQI) is a pollution yardstick, it also can signal if we are controlling the tragedy of the commons.

Why Traffic Jams Are Spreading

During my frequent drives to Manhattan, traffic congestion is worse than ever. The reason could be Uber and Lyft. This is the story. San Francisco Congestion Let’s start with congestion. Like the Supreme Court quote on pornography (“…I know it…

Houston’s Super Bowl Cost

Even knowing that Super Bowl cost is usually underestimated, Houston could enjoy more than the typical benefit this year.

When Cities Ban Chain Stores

Relating to prices, a local multiplier and vacancies, there are tradeoffs if municipalities change the competitive market structure by banning chain stores.

The Seven Ways We Pay For Free Parking

Including congestion, wasted gas, time and emissions, cheap parking creates negative externalities that variable pricing of parking spaces can eliminate.

Dilemmas From the “Sharing Economy”

Today’s story is specifically about Airbnb. More generally though, it involves whether government or the market system should regulate the “sharing economy.” But first–Craigslist and the Sharing Economy from xkcd: An apartment owner in Astoria, Queens (a subway ride from…