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Jim Russell
Jim Russell is a geographer studying the relationship between migration and economic development.

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Concluding Remarks About Housing Affordability and Supply Restricitions

Demand, not supply, plays the dominant role in explaining the housing affordability crisis. The wages are just too damn low.

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Why Is the Rent Too Damn High in New York? Don’t Blame Housing Supply

Supply only matters where demand is strong.

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Housing Affordability and Supply Side Economics

Housing affordability in Los Angeles, California—and elsewhere—is more than just a supply problem.

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Fleeing New York and San Francisco for ‘Cleveland’

Are the rents too damn high more a function of limited supply or strong demand? The first post in a new series.

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When Social Scientists Fail Demography

Journalists often perpetuate demographic and geographic myths. But what if they’re interpreting academic papers correctly and it’s the experts who are to blame?

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LeBron James Migration: Big Chef Seeking Small Pond

The King’s return to Cleveland is a symbol for the dramatic shift in domestic as well as international migration.

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Geographic Scale and Talent Migration: Washington, D.C.’s New Silver Line

Around the country, suburbs are fighting with the urban core over jobs and employees.

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Confusing Population Change With Migration

A lot of population change is baked into a region from migration that happened decades ago.

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Battle of the Public Intellectuals: Edward Glaeser vs. Richard Florida

On gentrification and housing costs.

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Irrational Choice Theory: The LeBron James Migration From Miami to Cleveland

Return migrants to Cleveland have been coming home in large numbers for quite some time. It makes perfect sense.

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What Tech Talent Shortage? Microsoft Trims 18,000 Employees From Payroll

Like manufacturing before it, the Innovation Economy has reached a turning point, with jobs moving to places where labor is cheaper.

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Not About LeBron James: Economic Restructuring in Cleveland

The basketball star isn’t the only one moving back to Ohio. Even with manufacturing on the decline, Cleveland is drawing talented migrants from other areas.

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Affordable Housing: Geography of Supply and Demand

The geography of housing demand is a lot more nimble than the geography of housing supply.

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The Geopolitics of Gentrification

The international market for U.S. real estate looks nothing like the domestic market for U.S. real estate.

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Demographic Tale of the Tape: Vox vs. FiveThirtyEight

Matt Yglesias, despite Vox’s commitment to deliver “crucial context alongside new information,” passes along tired geographic stereotypes.

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Illusion of Local: Why Zoning for Greater Density Will Fail to Make Housing More Affordable

We keep fudging the facts in order to maintain the preferred narrative.

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The Pseudoscience of Jane Jacobs and Innovation Districts

Where we find innovation, we find industry clusters. That doesn’t mean the two are causally linked.

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The Death of Urbanization in the United States

We continue to confuse population change with net domestic migration. Over the last 20 years, the U.S. has become increasingly rural even as many of its cities have grown.

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Density Boondoggles: Innovation Districts

Migration, not greater density, drives technological change.

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Demographics: 1; Gentrification Hysteria: 0

Brooklyn is the land where myths become geographic fact, at least when it comes to the New York Post.

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Quality of Place and Migration

People vote with their feet. The regions with the best retention should be the regions with the best quality of place.

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Housing Affordability and the New Geography of Jobs

High land prices are a feature of the new economy.

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Race, Jobs, and Gentrification

Housing supply populism avoids race and economic inequality.

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Not So Much ‘New York Poor’ as ‘Pittsburgh Rich’

What will happen when young talent starts refusing to subsidize the creative industries that aren’t really profitable in America’s most expensive cities?

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Racism, Reparations, and Migration

On how emigrating changes the racial experience.

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The Big One

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