Both Los Angeles and San Francisco struggle with restrictive land use regulations that raise the costs and completion times of housing projects. That same red tape is now hobbling projects aimed at helping alleviate homelessness.
"By excluding environmental groups, we get a distorted picture about the value of our natural resources,” says Shawn Regan of the Property and Environment Research Center.
"Conservation will ultimately boil down to rewarding the private landowner who conserves the public interest," wrote naturalist Aldo Leopold.
Land use regulation is making cities unaffordable. In an unfettered market, how would Americans choose to live?
Regulation and litigation rule the day, but sometimes cash should be king.
"They want to put a bureaucratic noose around me," says Nancy Bass Wyden, third-generation owner of New York's best bookstore. "We're just asking to be left alone."
Nancy Bass Wyden says historic designation would compromise her ownership rights and mean dealing with bureaucrats who "do not know how to run a bookstore."
Steve and Dwight Hammond became a cause célèbre for angry ranchers and another example of inflexible mandatory minimum sentences.
Judge cites "flagrant prosecutorial misconduct" on the government's part.
Carlos Carrion has been growing bamboo in his yard for three decades; suddenly it's a crime.
Arden is a suburb, an artist's colony, and a radical political experiment.
A controversial rule on water pollution allowed the agency to micromanage private land use.
Environmental activists go ballistic.
And they've made the U.S. economy 9 percent smaller than it would it otherwise be.
Recent trends on population, farmland, deforestation, and urbanization are cause for optimism.
The city recently landmarked a giant Pepsi-Cola sign because of its "prominent siting."
A better way to keep track of who owns what land.
Tune into MSNBC after 8:40 p.m. ET to hear whether white ranchers are being treated differently than if they were Muslims
Relentlessly demonizing misunderstood opponents is a bad idea.
The Destruction of Penn Station Led to the Landmarks Preservation Movement. But Was the Old Structure Worth Saving After All?
On the 50th anniversary of the Landmarks Preservation Act, a re-evaluation of the mythic demise of an iconic train station.
The 50th anniversary of the Landmarks Act is an opportunity to mourn all the invisible buildings that will never exist because of a misguided law.
'The rest of us are assuming all of the risks.'
Raid may still be planned
Everybody wants the leavings of the dissolved agencies
More D.C. control freakery