Entries by Mike New


by Wendell Cox Rhine-Ruhr, or Essen-Düsseldorf, is among the world’s least recognized larger urban areas (Figure 1).  Germany does not designate urban areas according to the international standard, and for that reason the Rhine-Ruhr does not appear on the United Nations list of largest urban areas. Yet, in reality this contiguous urban area is Germany’s […]

Demographia Residential Land & Regulation Cost Index: 2010

Ratings for 11 United States Metropolitan Markets Summary In recent decades, an unprecedented variation has developed in the price of new tract housing on the fringe of US metropolitan markets. Nearly all of this difference is in costs other than site preparation and construction, which indicates rising land and regulation costs. The first annual Demographia Residential […]

10th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey

URBAN PLANNING AND HOUSING AFFORDABILITY By Alain Bertaud, Urbanist, Senior Research Scholar, Stern School of Business, New York University Former Principal Planner – The World Bank http://alainbertaud.com/ This year, Demographia is publishing its 10th Annual International Housing Affordability Survey. It ranks 360 metropolitan markets in nine countries. Are planners in the worst performing cities paying […]