Monthly Archives: March 2010

Ningbo Rental Car Tour Posted

Available at http://www.rentalcartours.net/rac-ningbo.pdf

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23 other rental car tours of China at this site and more than 100 overall

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Special Report: Metropolitan Area Migration Mirrors Housing Affordability

On schedule, the annual ritual occurred last week in which the Census Bureau releases population and migration estimates and the press announces that people are no longer moving to the Sun Belt. The coverage by The Wall Street Journalwas typical of the media bias, with a headline “Sun Belt Loses its Shine.” In fact, the story is more complicated – and more revealing about future trends.

Domestic Migration Tracks Housing Affordability: There have been changes in domestic migration (people moving from one part of the country to another) trends in the last few years, but the principal association is with housing affordability.

Continue at… http://www.newgeography.com/content/001485-special-report-metropolitan-area-migration-mirrors-housing-affordability

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Index: 10 Metropolitan Commuting Profiles

At http://demographia.com/dbx-commute.htm

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Portland Employment Location Commuting Shares: 2006-2008

Just published….
http://demographia.com/db-porwloca.pdf

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Guiyang Rental Car Tour Posted

Available at http://www.rentalcartours.net/rac-guiyang.pdf

along with 22 other rental car tours of China

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Kunming Rental Car Tour Posted

Available at http://www.rentalcartours.net/rac-kunming.pdf along with 22 other rental car tours of China

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Demographia Metropolitan Areas: Population & Migration: 2000-2009 Published

Available at http://demographia.com/db-metmic2004.pdf

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The Asian Urban Ascendancy

The Asian Urban Ascendancy (in The New Geography)

Excerpt…

….As late as 1950, 10 of the world’s 20 largest urban areas were in the United States or Europe. Asia accounted for 6. There was only two “megacities” (urban area with a population of more than 10 million), New York and Tokyo. Over the next 50 years, Tokyo signaled the urban ascendancy of Asia, adding more than 20 million people, a larger population than lived in the second largest urban area in 2000.

…Things have changed markedly since 1950. Now, 13 of the 20 largest urban areas in the world are in Asia. Only three are in the United States or Europe (New York, Los Angeles and Moscow). For the first time in at least 200 years, none of the top 5 urban areas in the world are in the United States or Europe. Now, all five of the largest urban areas in the world are in Asia. There are now 26 megacities, up from 2 in 1950. At current growth rates, there could be 39 megacities by 2030, only five of which will be in the United States or Europe (New York, Los Angeles, Moscow, Paris and Chicago)

Complete article at… http://www.newgeography.com/content/001480-the-asian-urban-ascendancy

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Smart Growth Encourages Land Banking and Destroys Housing Affordability

Re: Huge Land Bank Puts Squeeze on Buyers – The Age (Melbourne)

Land banking is a normal market reaction to a regulatory regime in which land for new housing is severely rationed. Like any business, developers must ensure that they have sufficient inventory to operate. With arbitrary planning policies that ration land, it would be easy for a developer to be driven out of business because competitors have cornered the market (for land). Yes, it is outrageous that a block of land for a house costs $180,000, but do not blame the land bankers, blame the government policies that have unnecessarily made housing unaffordable for the average Australian.

In Atlanta and Dallas-Fort Worth, the high-income world’s fastest growing metropolitan areas, finished (serviced) land for new housing is at least 75% lower than in Melbourne. This is because these metropolitan areas have not implemented the destructive urban consolidation (smart growth) policies that have been imposed in all of Australia’s largest cities.

The result, of course, is that residents of Dallas-Fort Worth and Atlanta spend far less on housing and have more discretionary income to spend on other goods and services.

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Megacity Book Updated

The Megacity Book has been updated. The book now contains rental car tours on 25 of the world’s 26 megacities (urban areas over 10,000,000 population).

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