Market urbanism is an urban policy theory which advocates for the liberalization of urban planning and transportation policy. Market urbanists espouse a wide array of views, but generally they support ideas and programs such as loosening urban land use and zoning regulations, implementing congestion pricing on public roads, and applying classical liberal thought to urban policy issues. The term was coined by Adam Hengels, founder of the Market Urbanism blog.
In July 2017, Scott Beyer, a roving urban affairs journalist who writes for Forbes, started a media company called The Market Urbanism Report. The website is designed to advance Market Urbanism policy ideas in U.S. cities.
In an article in the National Review (a conservative editorial magazine) in August 2018, Jibran Khan comments that "...[Kamala] Harris' bill [which would give tax subsidies to renters] could compound the problems facing renters, by reducing the political pressure — currently building from both left and right in California via the “market urbanism” movement — to tackle the lack of housing."
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- Khan, Jibran (2018-08-01). "Kamala Harris's Rent Subsidy Would Help Landlords, Not Renters". National Review. Archived from the original on 2018-08-02. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
Indeed, Harris’s bill could compound the problems facing renters, by reducing the political pressure — currently building from both left and right in California via the “market urbanism” movement — to tackle the lack of housing. Defenders of the status quo will simply point to the Harris plan and insist that something has been done. ... If Harris is truly concerned about the plight of city renters, she ought to spend some time listening to the concerns of the market urbanists, and to use her influence to support attempts at housing reform in California.
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