Scott Beyer is a journalist who focuses on American urban issues. For the last several years he has traveled around the United States as part of a private research project to learn about cities.

In the summer of 2014, he will begin another two-year trip, living in 24 cities for a month each to write a book advancing the idea that cities, many of which struggle with dysfunctional economies and social fabrics, would benefit from looser markets, reformed public services and political climates that better embrace economic growth.

Beyer's articles and commentaries have been published by The Atlantic, National Review, The Weekly Standard, The American Spectator, City Journal, American Magazine, Reason Magazine and the Cato Institute. His work can be found collectively on his blog, He is a resident of Charlottesville, Va.

March 1, 2015

The Dangers of Busting Law-Breaking Businesses

Regulating businesses is necessary, but it can have negative impacts on struggling cities.
February 1, 2015

The Neighborhood Has Gentrified, But Where’s the Grocery Store?

In many gentrifying neighborhoods, attracting new residents and restaurants is the easy part. Finding the right mix of retail is much harder.
January 1, 2015

San Francisco’s Major Thoroughfare Gets a Makeover

The city’s changes to one of its most dangerous streets follows an urban trend of making streets safer for pedestrians and bikers.
December 1, 2014

Immigrants Help Reverse Baltimore’s Decline

The city’s aggressive attempts to attract immigrants have helped increase its population for the first time in decades. Should other struggling cities adopt a similar strategy?
November 1, 2014

The Website That Could End Homelessness in Los Angeles

L.A. County is using a computerized system to link homeless people with the social services that best fit their needs.
October 1, 2014

FHA Policies Discourage Density

At a time when people are flocking to cities, federal policies still heavily promote single-family homes and make it harder for people to buy condos.
September 1, 2014

Why Don't More Cities Sell Air Rights?

Vertically inclined cities could make a lot of money allowing private developers to build high-rise apartments or business spaces above libraries, city halls and schools.
July 1, 2014

How to Keep Construction from Killing Businesses

Scaffolding, closed roads, hidden store signs, you name it. Public works projects annoy customers and hurt businesses. But there’s a lot cities can do to soften the blow.