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WATCH: Are Crime and Homelessness Shifting San Francisco Right?

Do recent election results show a rightward shift in San Francisco? Join Free Cities Center’s Steven Greenhut as he visits the City by the Bay and talks with two experts about what’s really going on in the City. They discuss whether things are really as bad as some media outlets ...
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BOOK REVIEW: “Build, Baby, Build!” by Bryan Caplan

“Drill, baby, drill!” Those words were first popularized at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. Republicans were widely mocked at the time for their sloganeering, but they largely carried the day. Domestic oil extraction came to 302.2 million metric tons in 2008. That was a 10-year low according ...
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Read the latest on the Sacramento DA's homeless lawsuit

Sac DA’s homeless lawsuit falters, but effort wasn’t in vain

District Attorney Thien Ho tested how much his office directly can affect homeless policy by suing the city for not doing its job to deal with its festering homelessness crisis. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Jill H. Talley ruled on May 6 that Mayor Darrell Steinberg and the City Council ...
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Failed wildfire policy hikes cities’ housing, energy costs

Failed wildfire policy hikes cities’ housing, energy costs By Kenneth Schrupp | June 7, 2024 Two years of rain have finally ended California’s drought, leaving reservoirs full and hills in bloom. However, the prospect of new growth feeding future wildfires looms over a state where the costs of damage and ...
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Large majority of U.S. minorities live in the suburbs

Figure 1 below shows the share of the major minorities living in either the urban core or the suburbs of the 51 metropolitan areas included in the City Sector Model. It is based on 2015-2019 zip code data and the urban form as defined in Figure 2 (which is independent of ...
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LA shouldn’t abuse ‘historic’ zones to stop new housing

LA shouldn’t abuse ‘historic’ zones to stop new housing by Sal Rodriguez | May 31, 2024   Land-use restrictions and NIMBYism (Not In My Back Yard-ism) come in many forms. One of the more creative is the invoking of “history” as a means of regulating or prohibiting housing some people ...
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SF’s ‘Grand Central Station’ is more like a mausoleum

Advocates for San Francisco’s Transbay Transit Center have never lacked a sense of grandiosity about their goals. “The ability to envision the future and to transform aspirations into reality is what sets leaders apart,” boasted a glossy brochure published by the joint powers authority in charge of the project. “No ...
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Improving cities better than subsidizing weight-loss drugs

Improving cities better than subsidizing weight-loss drugs By Kenneth Schrupp | May 24, 2024 Legislation that would cover weight-loss drugs and surgery to mitigate the state’s ballooning weight crisis fortunately died in the Senate this year, but lawmakers still have productive ways to deal with a problem that’s leaving 28% ...
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Socialism by any name is impeding America’s cities

The number of socialist mayors going back more than three decades is, thankfully, low as a portion of all U.S. mayors. A few stand out: Ron Dellums was Oakland’s mayor from 2007 to 2011; Konstantine Anthony had a short run in Burbank, Calif., that ended last year; and, of course, ...
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Grand Cayman’s mini buses: Lessons for failing US transit

Grand Cayman’s mini buses: Lessons for failing US transit Jeremy Lott | May 17, 2024 Washington state’s law on children in cars is quite something for parents to accommodate, as one illustrated state handout demonstrates. Your children must be in the back seat, in car seats facing backwards, for the ...
California

Watch the latest Free Cities Center video

WATCH: Are Crime and Homelessness Shifting San Francisco Right?

Do recent election results show a rightward shift in San Francisco? Join Free Cities Center’s Steven Greenhut as he visits the City by the Bay and talks with two experts about what’s really going on in the City. They discuss whether things are really as bad as some media outlets ...
Blog

BOOK REVIEW: “Build, Baby, Build!” by Bryan Caplan

“Drill, baby, drill!” Those words were first popularized at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. Republicans were widely mocked at the time for their sloganeering, but they largely carried the day. Domestic oil extraction came to 302.2 million metric tons in 2008. That was a 10-year low according ...
Blog

Read the latest on the Sacramento DA's homeless lawsuit

Sac DA’s homeless lawsuit falters, but effort wasn’t in vain

District Attorney Thien Ho tested how much his office directly can affect homeless policy by suing the city for not doing its job to deal with its festering homelessness crisis. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Jill H. Talley ruled on May 6 that Mayor Darrell Steinberg and the City Council ...
Blog

Failed wildfire policy hikes cities’ housing, energy costs

Failed wildfire policy hikes cities’ housing, energy costs By Kenneth Schrupp | June 7, 2024 Two years of rain have finally ended California’s drought, leaving reservoirs full and hills in bloom. However, the prospect of new growth feeding future wildfires looms over a state where the costs of damage and ...
Blog

Large majority of U.S. minorities live in the suburbs

Figure 1 below shows the share of the major minorities living in either the urban core or the suburbs of the 51 metropolitan areas included in the City Sector Model. It is based on 2015-2019 zip code data and the urban form as defined in Figure 2 (which is independent of ...
Blog

LA shouldn’t abuse ‘historic’ zones to stop new housing

LA shouldn’t abuse ‘historic’ zones to stop new housing by Sal Rodriguez | May 31, 2024   Land-use restrictions and NIMBYism (Not In My Back Yard-ism) come in many forms. One of the more creative is the invoking of “history” as a means of regulating or prohibiting housing some people ...
Blog

SF’s ‘Grand Central Station’ is more like a mausoleum

Advocates for San Francisco’s Transbay Transit Center have never lacked a sense of grandiosity about their goals. “The ability to envision the future and to transform aspirations into reality is what sets leaders apart,” boasted a glossy brochure published by the joint powers authority in charge of the project. “No ...
Blog

Improving cities better than subsidizing weight-loss drugs

Improving cities better than subsidizing weight-loss drugs By Kenneth Schrupp | May 24, 2024 Legislation that would cover weight-loss drugs and surgery to mitigate the state’s ballooning weight crisis fortunately died in the Senate this year, but lawmakers still have productive ways to deal with a problem that’s leaving 28% ...
Blog

Socialism by any name is impeding America’s cities

The number of socialist mayors going back more than three decades is, thankfully, low as a portion of all U.S. mayors. A few stand out: Ron Dellums was Oakland’s mayor from 2007 to 2011; Konstantine Anthony had a short run in Burbank, Calif., that ended last year; and, of course, ...
Blog

Grand Cayman’s mini buses: Lessons for failing US transit

Grand Cayman’s mini buses: Lessons for failing US transit Jeremy Lott | May 17, 2024 Washington state’s law on children in cars is quite something for parents to accommodate, as one illustrated state handout demonstrates. Your children must be in the back seat, in car seats facing backwards, for the ...
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