As many of you will already know, city living costs more than life in suburban and rural areas, and new evidence from the U.K. shows that this gap has only been growing. Cities are also where housing affordability is the most dire, which is why building the right kinds of housing will be important to addressing it (though, as discussed in issue 6
, supply isn’t the only determinant of cost).
There’s an ongoing debate on how that housing should be constructed, who should construct it, and which form it should take. This issue has a number of articles looking at these very questions, along with an update on the Trump administration’s tax proposals that would strip significant support from programs aimed at increasing the stock of affordable housing across the United States.
Finally, as we shift away from personal vehicles to alternative modes of transportation, there must be a focus on promoting increased cycling — which Amsterdam and Copenhagen are well known for. However, London’s new plan for a pedestrianized Oxford Street seems to leave bikes out of the equation, which there’s been good news out of Canada for cyclists: Vancouver is working on reducing bike theft, while Montreal could be seeing a lot more bike lanes very soon.
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