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Northwest cities struggle to loosen their housing regulations

Northwest cities struggle to loosen their housing regulations By Sal Rodriguez  February 3, 2023 Northwest cities struggle to loosen their housing regulations By Sal Rodriguez  February 3, 2023 Across the country, local governments make it much harder than it ought to be to build housing.  Some impose rigid land-use policies dictating what types of housing can and cannot be built in a given area. Others operate Byzantine regulatory schemes, which require developers to jump through …

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Watch: How Art Can Improve Urban Life with Roberta Ahmanson

Watch as Steven Greenhut of PRI’s Free Cities Center discusses how art can improve the quality of life in urban centers.

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Are Western cities ready for renewable skyscrapers?

Every so often a product comes along that presents itself as a “sustainable” innovation, yet has compelling appeal even if sustainability isn’t someone’s top priority. Of course, sustainability has become something of an overused buzzword, but it generally refers to a production process that doesn’t deplete natural resources or damage the environment. So called “mass timber” is an example of such an innovation. Able to replace reinforced concrete as a building material, it is economically competitive and …

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