Tag: Zoning

A Former Wright Brothers Bicycle Shop Faces Demolition

In 1892, the brick building at 1005 West Third Street had several large windows that allowed the residents of Dayton, Ohio, to peek inside and see the Wright brothers, who were still years from becoming pioneers of flight, run their bicycle shop. Now, the windows are gone, plywood is in their place and the building […]

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The New York Blood Center Can Get an Upgrade, if NIMBYs Don’t Get in the Way

On a quiet block on New York’s Upper East Side, scientists are conducting lifesaving research in an aging, asbestos-floored former trade school. That is the absurd reality of the New York Blood Center, a critical piece of the region’s health infrastructure in dire need of a serious face-lift. The research nonprofit oversees the distribution of […]

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The Build Back Better Plan and American Economic Policy

Constrained supply ultimately results when providers use their political power to insulate themselves from the market forces that drive innovation and cost reductions in the long run. A family physician can see only one patient at a time, for example, but for every doctor there are many nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other practitioners who […]

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Fight Erupts Over New York Blood Center’s Manhattan Building

While New York is in its name, the Blood Center expanded beyond the city long ago and now operates in more than a dozen states, running a collection of blood banks and laboratories mostly in the Northeast and the Midwest. The center supplies about 80 percent of the blood in New York City hospitals and […]

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California Homeowners Flex Their Political Muscle

Some may roll their eyes at the thought that a coalition of mostly affluent homeowners could qualify as “grass roots,” a term more commonly associated with social justice movements. But they would be wrong: Throughout his four-decade reign, Close and SOHA have consistently out-organized, out-hustled and outmaneuvered their political opponents. In the 1980s, Close and […]

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Are You Contributing to America’s Affordable Housing Crisis?

Produced by ‘The Argument’ Rent is soaring, but close to two-thirds of renters remain on leases because of financial reasons. In 2019, nearly 70 percent of millennials surveyed said that they could not afford to buy a home on account of rising prices, and the number of people in the United States without shelter has […]

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The Role for State Governments in the Housing Crisis

A friend of mine, who is very much on your side of the political aisle, said there’s this challenge that all Yimbys have: You’re basically acting as activists and lobbyists to allow real estate companies to build more housing. He said — and I agree — that while that might be the right move, it’s […]

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