We need 3 bedroom condos: All About Cities points out that we’re going to start needing 3-bedroom condos in the future as more families want to stay in the city. Right now, almost all demand is for 2-bedrooms and smaller, but families need 3- and 4-bedrooms. Manhattan has them (at high prices of course) in its old buildings, but most other cities don’t. Vancouver planners are recommending 2-bedrooms with attached studios that have separate entrances; families can use the 2-bedroom and rent out the studios until they need the third bedroom.
Connect to HowAboutAnEspresso? Freakonomics discovers a clever strategy by a Dutch coffee shop to encourage Wi-Fi-using patrons to keep spending money without actually forcing them: change the network name periodically to things like BuyaLargeLatteGetBrownieForFree.
What Should Obama Do? Activists have created a site to suggest priorities for Obama’s to-be-created Office of Urban Policy.
No automaker bailout: Ryan Avent gives many reasons why bailing out automakers is a terrible idea. Our industry in Detroit could transition to green jobs, or making light rail and streetcar vehicles, or one of many other productive uses. Throwing money at them to keep cars rolling off the assembly line only slows that, while deepening our dependence on personal automobiles. Cato agrees.
The depressing West: Arnold Schwarzenegger is dodging the state’s Smart Growth law and exempting large sprawl-inducing “stimulus” projects from review; Arizona has no ideas at all about how to pay for any transportation projects.