Nolan Gray

Nolan Gray is an urban planning researcher and a contributor to Market Urbanism. He lives in New York City.

When the Federal Government Takes on Local Zoning

Back in the first Bush Administration, Jack Kemp's HUD tried to rein in exclusionary housing restrictions. What happened?

A festive arrangement of lights at a Texas mobile home community.

The Urbanist Case for Trailer Parks

You want density and affordability? You should want manufactured housing. Too bad it’s often illegal.

A golfer tees off during the first round of the 2005 Irish Open.

Dead Golf Courses Are the New NIMBY Battlefield

As the sport’s popularity wanes, vast amounts of underutilized land will open up. Can it be developed?

New housing under construction in San Marcos, California.

The YIMBYs Lost in California. But They're Just Getting Started.

The defeat of SB 827, California’s ambitious pro-housing bill, masks a wider trend: Similar initiatives are on the march nationwide.

New housing under construction along the Detroit riverfront in 2015.

The Trump Administration’s War on New Housing

Americans need more affordable housing. Steel and lumber tariffs are not going to help.

What Might Hold Houston Back

The post-Harvey city needs to get denser and more urban.

Shoppers ride escalators inside a mall in Vina del mar, Chile.

The Triumph of the Latin American Mall

Boosted by a growing middle class, the shopping mall is booming in Central and South America.

Houston's Zoning Wasn't the Problem

With a few tweaks, the city’s relaxed land-use regulations might be an advantage during recovery and rebuilding.

The Positive Power of Preemption

Sometimes, state lawmakers can step in to force cities to do the right thing.

How to Survive a Retail Meltdown

Cities and suburbs are getting clobbered by the collapse of the retail sector. But there are ways to use the crisis as a way to speed long-overdue land use reforms.