CityLab University

CityLab University is a resource for understanding some of the most important concepts related to cities and urban policy.

CityLab University: Tax Increment Financing

Behind the dry-as-dust name is a powerful (and controversial) tool for financing urban redevelopment. Here’s a quick guide to understanding TIF.

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CityLab University: Zoning Codes

Don’t know your R1 from your FAR? We’re here to explain how zoning laws work, how these ordinances shape your city and neighborhood, and why we fight over them.

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CityLab University: Shared-Equity Homeownership

Community land trusts and housing co-ops are alternative forms of homeownership that often serve those shut out by traditional markets.

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CityLab University: The Who’s Who of Urbanism

15 people who changed how we plan, design, think about, and live in cities.

CityLab University: Induced Demand

When traffic-clogged highways are expanded, new drivers quickly materialize to fill them. What gives? Here’s how “induced demand” works.

CityLab University: Inclusionary Zoning

You’ve seen the term. But do you really know what it means? Here’s your essential primer.