Speaker Argues Against Compact Cities – April 25, 2013
Participants at a housing innovation and infrastructure forum heard a defence of detached housing and against compact cities. Wendell Cox, an international public policy consultant specializing in urban policy, transport and demographics, told the audience at the forum cities that have urban containment policies push up housing prices and make them less affordable.
Media Release - Cities Should Fight Poverty, Not Increase It – April 16, 2013
Today the Frontier Centre released the backgrounder Toward More Prosperous Cities by Wendell Cox. The objective of public policy should be to achieve wide-spread affluence and eradicate poverty. Cities, urban policy, and urban transport are means to facilitate this objective, not ends themselves.
Toward More Prosperous Cities – April 16, 2013
Beyond the rule of law and security, the most important public policy objectives should be to achieve wide-spread affluence and eradicate poverty. Cities, urban policy, and urban transport are means to facilitate this objective, not ends themselves.
Marissa Mayer's Misstep And The Unstoppable Rise Of Telecommuting – April 1, 2013
The real issue is how we deal with three concerns: the promotion of families; humane methods to reduce greenhouse gases; and, finally, how to expand the geography of work and opportunity.
Sydney to Abandon Radical Urban Containment Policy – March 20, 2013
The New South Wales government has proposed a new Metropolitan Strategy for the Sydney area which would significantly weaken the urban containment policy (also called urban consolidation, smart growth, livability, growth management, densification, etc.) that has driven if house prices to among the highest in the affluent New World (Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States) relative to household incomes.
University of Regina Economist says Rent Control Policies Bad Idea – March 19, 2013
A Regina economist is cautioning that recent calls for rent control legislation is not the best way to deal with the availability of affordable rental units.
Report Calling Sask. Unaffordable Got it All Wrong – February 14, 2013
Frontier Senior Fellow Wendell Cox explains how the article "Report Calling Sask. Unaffordable Got it All Wrong" from the Saskatoon StarPhoenix confuses statistics to reach a mistaken conclusion.
CBRM Sinks Lower in Think-Tank Survey – February 12, 2013
The Frontier Centre for Public Policy on Monday released the sixth annual edition of its local government performance index, which the CBRM has been a part of since the index's first year in 2008.
New Report Propels Regina to Third Place – February 12, 2013
The City of Regina, by comparison, climbed nine spots over last year to tie for third with Maple Ridge, B.C., in the Frontier Centre for Public Policy's annual Local Government Performance Index released Monday.
Media Release - Municipal Transparency Improving Across Canada – February 11, 2013
The Frontier Centre for Public Policy has today released the sixth annual edition of its influential Local Government Performance Index. The Index ranks the top 100 Canadian cities on their financial transparency and performance over the 2011 financial year.
Media Release – Frontier Centre Releases 9th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey – January 21, 2013
The 9th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey was released by the Frontier Centre today. The survey encompasses 337 metro areas in the English speaking world, including 35 in Canada. Canadian housing affordability decreased slightly in 2012, despite decreases in unaffordability in several BC markets, including Vancouver.
9th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey – January 21, 2013
9th Annual Housing Demographia International Housing Affordability Study.
Why Rent Control Fails to Ensure High Quality, Low Cost Rental Housing – December 31, 2012
Rent control reduces the incentive for construction of rental housing, and causes landlords to underinvest in maintenance since they aren’t able to recover their costs otherwise. To mitigate this, Manitoba’s rent controls exempt units priced under $1400 from controls, and grants a 20 years exemption from controls for new units. While less damaging than full blown rent control, this compromise still has a number of negative unintended consequences.
What is a Half-Urban World? – November 22, 2012
Within the last couple of years, the population of the world has become more than one half urban for the first time in history. By 2025, the world's urban areas are expected to account for 58% of the world population, rising further to two-thirds in 2050. This represents a huge increase from the 29% that was urban in 1950, or estimates of approximately 10% (or less) in 1800.
Alberta Carbon Capture Opportunity Cost Calculator – September 11, 2012
The Frontier Centre releases online calculator to help Albertans choose alternative uses for the money now budgeted by the province for burying carbon emissions.
Mortgage Rules Won’t Lower Prices – July 9, 2012
The newly announced mortgage rules by the federal government will do little to advance housing affordability in Canada.
It Can Happen Here: The Screwed Generation in Europe and America – June 5, 2012
Call them the screwed generation, the victims of expansive welfare states and the massive structural debt charged by their parents. In virtually every developed country, and increasingly in developing ones, they include not only the usual victims, the undereducated and recent immigrants, but also the college-educated.
Owen McShane: 1941-2012 – March 13, 2012
Newgeography.com lost a one of its first columnists, a regular contributor and good friend with the passing of Owen McShane.
City Hall Take Note: You Can't Fight Suburbia – February 17, 2012
Nearly all of Canada's population growth over the past five years occurred in the suburbs, according to a new analysis of the 2011 Census data by an urbanist who says government policies are driving people out of the city - and that isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Toronto Bubble Risk Topping New York in Condos – February 13, 2012
Canada’s housing market is about 10 percent overvalued, with inflated prices primarily in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto, King said in a telephone interview. “We would call it a bubble,” she said.