Cover Story

America’s Sordid History of Exclusionary Zoning

Volume 44, Number 21 November 20, 2020 By James Burling Photo: Brandon Bourdages/Shutterstock.com In the summer of 1910, a successful Yale-educated attorney named George W.F. McMechen and his schoolteacher wife moved to an upscale neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland. After all, McMechen had achieved the American dream; he and his wife were well-respected, affluent professionals, and […]

  • James Burling
Recent Stories

Had Enough ‘Disruption’ Yet? Economic Reflections After the (First) Summer of COVID-19

FEATURE Volume 44, Number 20 November 9, 2020 By Hugh F. Kelly, Ph.D., CRE Photo: zimmytws/Shutterstock.com It is now nearly a quarter-century since the adjective ‘disruptive’ gained currency as a positive value, rather than referring to its prior pejorative meaning of ‘disintegrative’ or ‘misbehaving’. The popular embrace of ‘disruption’ as an engine of forward economic […]

What’s “Still” Special About Special Purpose Property

PERSPECTIVE Volume 44, Number 19 October 9, 2020 By Ron Throupe Ph.D., CRE, MAI, FRICS; Eryn Throupe; and Jennifer (Fang) Dong, MBA Photo: CloudOnePhoto/Shutterstock.com Introduction After fielding comments and inquiries on special purpose property definitions and refinements based on the original article “What’s so Special About Special Purpose Property?”1 It is clear that further explanation […]

How American Cities Can Benefit from “Land Value Capture” Instruments in the Time of COVID-19 and Beyond

FEATURE Volume 44, Number 18 September 25, 2020 By Olga Kaganova, Ph.D. Photo: Josemaria Toscano/Shutterstock.com Why Now? The financial pressure cities are experiencing due to COVID-19 only amplifies the pre-existing historical underinvestment in municipal infrastructure and adds urgency to cities’ search for new sources of funding. Indeed, underinvestment in building new municipal infrastructure and replacing […]

  • Olga Kaganova, Ph.D.

Mind the Gaps

PERSPECTIVE COLUMN Volume 44, Number 17 September 22, 2020 By Mario Lefebvre, CRE Photo: MJgraphics/Shutterstock.com The two issues brought forward by this column may not sound much like urgent real estate issues, but they are and if the industry does not mind them, it may miss out on important implications. The two issues are the […]

Viewing Infrastructure Through a Different Lens

Volume 44, Number 15 July 27, 2020 By Cassandra Francis, CRE Photo: metamorworks/Shutterstock.com Infrastructure was listed as the #9 issue in the 2020-21 Top Ten Issues Affecting Real Estate® by The Counselors of Real Estate®. Infrastructure, the vital basic physical and social systems that support the subsistence and growth of global economies and populations, once […]

Space Utilization and the Built Environment

Volume 44, Number 13 July 17, 2020 By Tomáš Ctibor, CRE, FRICS, and Thomas Wootten, CRE, FRICS Photo: Piyapong Wongkam/Shutterstock.com Space Utilization was listed as the #7 issue in the 2020-21 Top Ten Issues Affecting Real Estate® by The Counselors of Real Estate®. Many new ideas, solutions, and procedures have been born through the COVID-19 […]

Suspended Mobility Challenges Real Estate Markets

Volume 44, Number 12 July 17, 2020 By Scott R. Muldavin, CRE Photo: Ander5/Shutterstock.com Flow of People was listed as the #6 issue in the 2020-21 Top Ten Issues Affecting Real Estate® by The Counselors of Real Estate®. The flow of people between and within countries has always been a critical driver of real estate […]

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