The construction process can be a pain in the ass. It’s messy. It’s inefficient. It’s always filled with surprises. And you could argue, as many have before, that every job is really a custom job — a kind of prototype. But at the same time,… Read More
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US cities with the highest construction costs
BuildZoom, which is a tool to help people find local contractors, recently looked at construction costs across the US. Here is their 30-city average index running from 1950 to roughly today: Here is a chart showing the most and least expensive cities (that is, the… Read More
Is radical rezoning the solution to gentrification and displacement?
“If I meet one more anti-gentrification activist who moved to Seattle ten minutes ago, I shall scream.” –Dan Savage So it’s not just developers who are frustrated by the many paradoxical desires that we have of cities. We are concerned about housing affordability and we… Read More
Buy or build?
I’m in Detroit right now. I’m staying in a nice neighborhood where you can buy a 2,000 sf house on a 6,000 sf lot for about US$125,000. A house double the size, at around 4,000 sf, might run you US$350,000. In comparison, a new underground… Read More