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Categories: Land Use

Did land regulations contribute to Florida's boom and bust?

Posted by: Peter Coy on August 26

Liberals tend to blame the bust we're going through on underregulation. Conservatives finger overregulation. Example: Tight land-use controls that impeded housing construction, limiting supply and (temporarily) driving up prices....

How Houston gets along without zoning

Posted by: Peter Coy on October 01

Houston is a different kind of town. Brash, booming, it has sprawl and air pollution, but also vibrancy and a can-do spirit. One of the things that really makes Houston...

High-Density Housing Can Be a Good Thing

Posted by: Peter Coy on March 12

I want to tell you about a new book, but first take this quiz: A. The development of tall buildings on the left has denser housing. B. The development of...

There was a bubble in dirt as well...

Posted by: Dean Foust on February 08

So much ink has been spilled over the bubble in housing, but it's now apparent that there was similar speculation in the raw land upon which developers built all those...

'Creative Shrinkage' in Youngstown

Posted by: Peter Coy on December 11

The population of Youngstown, Ohio, has fallen by more than half from its glory days as a steel city. Lots of buildings are empty. Instead of trying to grow, Youngstown...

Tom Wolfe Takes on the Developers

Posted by: Peter Coy on December 03

Tom Wolfe is rarely at a loss for words. This past Sunday, the dapper novelist (Bonfire of the Vanities, A Man in Full, etc., etc.) and preservationist issued a 3,644-word...

From Nimby* to Banana**--The Challenge for Developers

Posted by: Peter Coy on December 02

Opposition to development of single-family homes and condominiums decreased a bit in the latest survey of residents' attitudes by Boston-based Saint Consulting Group. Here's a long excerpt from its press...


BusinessWeek editors Chris Palmeri, Prashant Gopal and Peter Coy chronicle the highs and lows of the housing and mortgage markets on their Hot Property blog. In print and online, the Hot Property team first wrote about the potential downside of lenders pushing riskier, "option ARM" mortgages and the rise in mortgage fraud back in 2005—well ahead of many other media outlets. In 2008, Hot Property bloggers finished #1 in a ranking of the world's top 100 "most powerful property people" by the British real estate website Global edge. Hot Property was named among the 25 most influential real estate blogs of 2007 by Inman News.

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