Katherine Levine Einstein on Neighborhood Defenders

EconTalk | 14 December 2020 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Katherine Levine Einstein about her book Neighborhood Defenders: Participatory Politics and America’s Housing Crisis. Focuses on the ability of local residents to use the zoning and permit process to prevent development of housing or to reduce the amount of housing that can be built, which lifts house prices.

While presented as a discussion about American housing it applies just as much to New Zealand and other countries where planning processes throttle supply.

Alain Bertaud on Cities, Planning, and Order Without Design

EconTalk | 3 May 2019 | 1h 18m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Alain Bertaud about his book Order Without Design: How Markets Shape Cities. Bertaud explores the role of zoning and planning alongside the emergent factors that affect the growth of cities. He emphasizes the importance of cities as places for people to work and looks at how preferences and choices shape cities. Bertaud also reflects upon the differing perspectives of urban planners and economists.

Housing Affordability: Top-Down Design and Spontaneous Order

The Success Project – Development Research Institute | 12 January 2016 | 0h 26m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Alain Bertaud discussing how solutions to creating more affordable housing can arise spontaneously and independent of top-down government planning. Sets out what cities that rely less on planning teach us about the right role for government in improving housing affordability and development overall.