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Ben Carson takes aim at red tape blamed for soaring housing costs

“Our country is facing serious housing affordability challenges,” Carson said. “Too many families can’t afford a home mortgage, and too many Americans face high rent prices. We must do more to increase supply and...

The psychology behind unethical behavior

The group tries to move on but is once again interrupted by the CEO. “Am I the only one annoyed by the view? Why is there construction happening today?” he demands to know. The...

Airbnb loses huge battle

The ruling by a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit is a setback for the home-sharing platforms in their effort to avoid regulation by cities that blame the rapid proliferation of short-term rentals for...

When the national population leads, the local population disappears

Not counting the District of Columbia with a population density of 11,535 people per square mile (p/mi2) while the smallest area in the country, the densest state by population is New Jersey with a...

The rights glut

I was asked recently whether I thought same-sex parents had the “right” to adopt. I said that I didn’t think anyone had a “right” to adopt. We decide who should adopt on the basis of...

Regulating big tech: Is a day of reckoning coming?

The Justice Department is said to be planning an antitrust investigation into Google. Recently, the House Judiciary Committee launched its own antitrust probe. Last year, the Federal Trade Commission announced a probe into Facebook’s...

The one issue every economist can agree is bad: Rent control

But there are a few questions where there’s near unanimity, and rent control is one of them. Pretty much every economist agrees that rent controls are bad. And in the last decades of the...

Breathing new life

Parcels at Concourse, crowned Community of the Year by the Pillars judges, not only revitalized a long-deserted historic building in a declining area of Memphis, Tenn., but also incorporated an impressive array of uses...

Fighting back

There was a sign posted on a wall of St. Thomas More school in Bel-Nor, Mo, entitled, “Lest we forget.” It was a short list—a reminder—of what “we” students believed and how these beliefs...

Destined for disruption

On April 8, 74 working days into construction, President, Katerra Materials Trevor Schick confirmed that the project was on schedule for completion by April 24 or sooner. K90, located just outside Las Vegas, is showcasing...

The big, fat, beautiful number zero

President Trump heralded the latest clarification of the tax law on a recent trip to Ohio saying that the tax had been lowered “all the way down to a very big, fat, beautiful number...

Multifamily rentals are still alive and kickin’

Brace yourself. I’m about to unleash a tsunami of data to make the argument that the multifamily market is going strong, despite the sturm und drang about the coming global economic slowdown and its...

Research: When Airbnb listings in a city increase, so do rent prices

But what does the company’s growth and popularity mean for the cities and municipalities it operates in? According to Airbnb, it brings more money to these cities, in the form of both rental fees...

Alan Greenspan: Can the U.S. economy stay on top?

But former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan does not see a recession on the horizon, based on an indicator his firm constructed and tracks. “Right at the moment, that particular series shows we’re still deleveraging....

Incivility and its discontents

Recently, in a rare moment, the Pennsylvania state party chairs, Democrat Nancy Patton Mills and Republican Val DiGigiorgio, agreed to participate in a student-organized forum on civil discourse and polarization on the campus of...
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