News & Views

21
Sep
AUSTRALIA’S MOST DESIRABLE SUBURBS COULD BE IN FOR A RUDE AWAKENING
Australians, particularly Sydneysiders, have an almost obsessive interest in the property market. In the same way that people in other countries talk about the weather or the stock market, we talk about house prices – normally, to have a good old whinge about how dear they are. It’s not an 0 Comments
21
Sep
Suburbia, Reconsidered
In ‘The Sprawl,’ author Jason Diamond argues that America’s much-maligned suburbs are more diverse, culturally rich, and strange than you thought.  From CITY LAB 0 Comments
08
Sep
People Fleeing Big Cities May Spur Economic Growth In Smaller Metros
From FORBES, 3 Sept, 2020. “… many commentators and pundits have focused on the fate of big cities—the cities they live in. These cities may change, but will probably be just fine. The truth, however, is that small and medium-sized cities and under-the-radar suburbs stand to gain more from small 0 Comments
31
Aug
The rich get richer the poor get the picture?
A recent article by Matt Gross of National Property Research revealed some disappointing trends. It identified the regions in SEQ with some of the highest unemployment. These regions alkso tended to be the ones with the lowest house price growth. The same regions, based on research in The Suburban Alliance 0 Comments
18
Aug
A downwardly mobile middle class. ‘Superstar cities’ cities are no longer escalators of opportunity: MIT study.
Cities such as New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Houston are still good places to work for people in high-paid professions such as banking, but they’re no longer good for people in middle-paying jobs, finds the new study, “The Faltering Escalator of Urban Opportunity” (PDF), by MIT economist David Autor. It 0 Comments
18
Aug
The Twilight Of Great American Cities Is Here. Can We Stop It?
by Joel Kotkin Over the past decade the mainstream media — proclaiming that millennials would continue pouring into cities — wore itself out promoting the economic future of big, dense cities. Neil Irwin of The New York Times claimed “superstar cities” like New York, San Francisco and Seattle will prevail since they 0 Comments
14
Aug
US retailer to sell sprawling new and unused headquarters to shift to remote work
Outdoor retailer REI is selling its newly completed — and currently unused — 8-acre corporate campus in Bellevue, Washington, instead shifting to a “less centralized approach to its headquarters presence in the Seattle area.” “The dramatic events of 2020 have challenged us to reexamine and rethink every aspect of our 0 Comments
13
Aug
REAL ESTATE The flight to the suburbs is real and growing, as coronavirus changes the way people live
If millennials once piled into the cities, fueling downtown renewal and growth, apparently they are now piling out. The stay-at-home orders brought on by coronavirus have more potential homebuyers looking for properties in the suburbs. Millennials are now the largest cohort of buyers.  Full story from CNBC (USA) 0 Comments
12
Aug
Are suburban economies proving more resilient? The case of New York City and the suburbs.
Interesting New York Times article that explores the reasons why a number of major retail and dining establishments have quit New York City for good, while their suburban and regional outlets continue to trade, in some cases strongly. Read the story here 0 Comments
12
Aug
A geographically dispersed economy: using all the levers at our disposal
In the pursuit of suburban and regional renewal, have we fallen into the trap of thinking this is a responsibility for local governments? Have we become too reliant on local government powers to provide incentives to attract and stimulate development – things like density bonuses, rates relief, infrastructure charges relief 0 Comments