Author: Jonathan H. Todd
Jonathan H. Todd is an independent finance and economics analyst, editor, and writer.
Articles by Jonathan H. Todd
- Finding Funding for Much-Needed Infrastructure Improvements
Published on February 06, 2015 in Infrastructure
As part of the proposed budget, President Obama is again saying that now is the time to invest in U.S. infrastructure, calling for $478 billion in additional spending. But the development of alternative financing has recently gained some momentum.
- How Historical Designations Affect Property Values
Published on December 15, 2014 in Market Trends
A recent study of historic neighborhoods in New York City found that the designation boosted property values -- except in Manhattan.
- How Street Network Design Affects Your Health
Published on December 08, 2014 in Planning & Design
A study of 24 California cities with an array of street design characteristics found that living in cities with high intersection density—a measure of compactness—significantly reduces the risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
- ULI Forecast Shows Slowing Growth in Commercial Property Prices
Published on October 17, 2014 in Capital Markets
The latest forecast from the Urban Land Institute and EY shows that expectations across the real estate capital markets are moderating after several years of strong growth. A survey of 43 economists and analysts from 32 leading real estate organizations shows that real estate capital markets are expected to continue strengthening, though at a slower pace compared with that witnessed in recent years.
- America’s Happiest Cities: What Makes a City a “Happier” Place?
Published on August 11, 2014 in Market Trends
Researchers found that residents of coastal Virginia appear to be some of the happiest people in the country, with Richmond-Petersburg, Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, and Washington, D.C., ranking as the top three happiest large cities (metropolitan areas of at least 1 million residents). Charlottesville, Virginia, ranks as the overall happiest metropolitan area.
- Study Shows Substantial ROI on EPA’s Brownfield Cleanup Efforts
Published on August 04, 2014 in Sustainability
According to a recent National Bureau of Economic Research paper, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfields Program has largely paid for itself by boosting property values since it was launched in 1995.
- Dangerous by Design: Where U.S. Pedestrians Are Least Safe
Published on June 04, 2014 in Infrastructure
In a new report by Smart Growth America, Dangerous by Design 2014 highlights the growing awareness of pedestrian safety issues.