Yonah Freemark

In the Media

I’ve been quoted or mentioned in the press in the following articles. Archive pre-2018 is incomplete.


  • “Warning Bells,” by Mari Cohen. Chicago Reader, March 21, 2019. (Link)
  • “Why a Single Housing Study from Chicago Matters Right Now in SF,” by Alex Lash. The Frisc, March 16, 2019. (Link)
  • “Blanket Upzoning – A Blunt Instrument – Won’t Solve the Affordable Housing Crisis,” interview with Michael Storper. The Planning Report, March 15, 2019. (Link)
  • “What’s the Perfect Price for Public Transportation?,” by John Surico. CityLab, March 14, 2019. (Link)
  • “This Traffic-Ending Technology Would Have Worked, as Long as You Ignore the Reasons It Wouldn’t,” by Aaron Gordon. Jalopnik, March 12, 2019. (Link)
  • “Talking Headways Podcast: The Annual Yonah Freemark Prediction Show,” by Jeff Wood. Streetsblog, March 7, 2019. (Link)
  • “Studying transit oriented development,” by Michael Rudy. Multihousing Pro, March 6, 2019. (Link)
  • “How Arrivo Got Colorado to Back a Wild-Eyed Highway Scheme,” by Aaron Gordon. Wired, March 2, 2019. (Link)
  • “Cuomo and de Blasio’s Plan Doesn’t Fix the Biggest Subway Problem: Accountability,” by Josh Barro. New York, February 28, 2019. (Link)
  • “Maybe Upzoning Doesn’t (Always) Lead To Lower Home Prices,” by Pete Saunders. Forbes, February 22, 2019. (Link)
  • “Does “upzoning”—allowing taller, denser housing to be built—actually work?” podcast with Matt Levin and Liam Dillon. CALmatters, February 22, 2019. (Link). Also in “California housing crisis podcast: Will a boom in building make housing more affordable?” by Liam Dillon. Los Angeles Times. (Link)
  • “À Chicago, le plan d’urbanisme a fait augmenter les loyers,” by Henry Grabar. Slate France, February 22, 2019. (Link)
  • “No Backsliding: MHA Upzones Are a Crucial Step to Tackle the Housing Crisis,” by Doug Trumm and Ryan Packer. The Urbanist, February 21, 2019. (Link)
  • “Could this new bill help solve California’s housing crisis? New study suggests otherwise,” by Maddy Ashmun. The Sacramento Bee, February 20, 2019. (Link)
  • “Rezonings raise prices, housing study shows,” by Joe Anuta. Crain’s New York, February 19, 2019. (Link)
  • “Revised Residential Infill Project elicits hopes and fears,” by Chuck Slothower. DJCOregon, February 15, 2019. (Link)
  • “Where California High-Speed Rail Careened Off Track,” by Laura Bliss. CityLab, February 13, 2019. (Link)
  • “LaGuardia AirTrain Panel Emphasizes Alternatives,” by Maya Kaufman. Patch, February 12, 2019. (Link)
  • “America’s trains are lame. The Green New Deal wants to fix that,” by Umair Irfan. Vox, February 8, 2019. (Link)
  • “Study: Up-zoning in Chicago sometimes does the opposite of what it intends,” by Evi Arthur. Chicago Agent Magazine, February 7, 2019. (Link)
  • “Episode 16: Mondays at the Overhead Wire,” with Jeff Wood, Chrissy Mancini Nichols, and Anna Muessig. Talking Headways: A Streetsblog Podcast, February 5, 2019. (Link)
  • “Uber, Lyft crushing bus and subway ridership in cities: Study,” by Dan Boylan. The Washington Times, February 5, 2019. (Link)
  • “Can Upzoning Increase Housing Supply and Affordability?” by Todd Litman. Planetizen, February 4, 2019. (Link)
  • “Upzoning might make neighborhoods less affordable in short term, study finds,” by Alex Nitkin. The Real Deal, February 4, 2019. (Link)
  • “Zoning Reform Alone Won’t Make Housing More Affordable,” by Noah Smith. Bloomberg Opinion, February 4, 2019. (Link)
  • “Chicago Tried to Make Neighborhoods Denser. Instead They Got More Expensive,” by Henry Grabar. Slate, February 1, 2019. (Link)
  • “New Study Complicates Zoning Reform.” Professional Builder, February 1, 2019. (Link)
  • “Does Upzoning Boost the Housing Supply and Lower Prices? Maybe Not,” by Richard Florida. CityLab, January 31, 2019. (Link)
  • “Another Study Blames Uber and Lyft for Public Transit’s Decline,” by Laura Bliss. CityLab, January 24, 2019. (Link)
  • “The inequity of pay-by-distance transit in the Bay Area,” by Sam Raby. Curbed, January 9, 2019. (Link)


  • “It’s time to fall in love with stuffy, crowded subways,” by Aaron Gordon. Medium: Transportation, December 19, 2018. (Link)
  • “Why Apple bet on Austin’s suburbs for its Next Big Expansion,” by Sarah Holder. CityLab, December 14, 2018. (Link)
  • “Talk aside, action on Gateway tunnel still stalled,” by Dan Zukowski. Trains, December 4, 2018. (Link)
  • “Advocates demand Amazon fund LIC’s transit improvements needed for HQ2,” by Vincent Barone. AM New York, November 13, 2018. (Link)
  • “How popular are Uber and Lyft in Seattle? Ridership numbers kept secret until recently give us a clue,” by David Gutman. The Seattle Times, November 5, 2018. (Link)
  • “Countdown clocks and the false prophet of innovation,” by Aaron Gordon. Signal Problems, October 19, 2018. (Link)
  • “Mayoral candidates urged to endorse Chicago Sustainable Transportation Platform,” by John Greenfield. Streetsblog Chicago, September 27, 2018. (Link)
  • “Transportation Troubles After Florence,” by Brianna Gurciullo. Politico, September 20, 2018. (Link)
  • “What Rahm got right about transportation, and what still needs to change,” by John Greenfield. Streetsblog Chicago, September 4, 2018. (Link)
  • “Elon Musk’s Most Exciting Company Is Boring,” by Carson Kessler. Fortune, July 22, 2018. (Link)
  • “KC streetcar extension brings strong case for federal funding,” by Jeff Boothe. Kansas City Business Journal, June 28, 2018. (Link)
  • “Plans for AirTrain to La Guardia Airport Move Ahead Amid Criticism,” by Emma G. Fitzsimmons. The New York Times, June 25, 2018. (Link)
  • “The Koch brothers hate public transit. But they can’t always stop projects in their tracks,” by Shannon Osaka. Grist, June 20, 2018. (Link
  • “The Boring Company’s Chicago project seems awfully cheap for something so big,” by Andrew J. Hawkins. The Verge, June 14, 2018. (Link)
  • “Instead of extending the Red Line, some see promise in the Metra Electric,” by LaRisa Lynch. The Chicago Reporter, June 11, 2018. (Link)
  • “New York City Will Cut Transit Fares for Low-Income Riders,” by Laura Bliss. CityLab, June 8, 2018. (Link)
  • “More Routes = More Riders,” by Laura Bliss. CityLab, June 4, 2018. (Link)
  • “Most people live in urban areas, but now all the transportation money is going rural,” by Lloyd Alter. Treehugger, March 29, 2018. (Link)
  • “Small Ontario town’s Uber partnership could signal shift for Canadian public transit,” by Ben Spurr. Toronto Star, April 15, 2018. (Link)
  • “Trump Shifts Focus of Transportation Grants From City to Country,” by Ted Mann. The Wall Street Journal, March 28, 2018. (Link)
  • “Sound Transit seeks two light-rail stations in South Lake Union, only five blocks apart,” by Mike Lindblom. The Seattle Times, March 25, 2018. (Link)
  • “Transit Fares Surprisingly Well in House Spending Bill,” by Angie Schmitt. Streetsblog USA, March 22, 2018. (Link)
  • “The Real-Life Possibilities of Black Panther’s Wakanda, According to Urbanists and City Planners,” by Marc Malkin. Architectural Digest, February 28, 2018. (Link)
  • “China’s Subway Boom Slows Down,” by Linda Poon. CityLab, February 26, 2018. (Link)
  • “Uber wants to be public transportation, and I have some serious concerns,” by Andrew J. Hawkins. The Verge, February 15, 2018. (Link)
  • “Why Didn’t a Planned Safety System Stop Sunday’s Amtrak Crash?,” by David Z. Morris. Fortune, February 4, 2018. (Link)
  • “Transit expert: Nashville’s transit plan isn’t just about congestion, it’s about development,” by Meg Garner. Nashville Business Journal, January 26, 2018. (Link)
  • “Trump’s leaked infrastructure plan would deepen urban inequality in the US,” by Karen Hao. Quartz, January 24, 2018. (Link)
  • “Looking Back to Look Ahead for Public Transit,” by Betsy Phillips. The Nashville Scene, January 24, 2018. (Link)
  • “The long-promised Trump infrastructure plan may have just leaked,” by Jen Kirby. Vox, January 22, 2018. (Link)
  • “China’s Investment in Subways Puts the U.S. to Shame,” by Angie Schmitt. Streetsblog USA, January 18, 2018. (Link)


  • “Companies offer private bus services to get young workers to commute from cities to the suburbs,” by Aaron Schachter. Marketplace, December 18, 2017. (Link)
  • “Elon Musk Sparks Heated Twitter Debate Over Boring Company’s Vision,” by Mike Brown. Inverse, December 15, 2017. (Link)
  • “Streetcar problems in Cincinnati provide lessons to be learned,” by Christopher Burbach. Omaha World-Herald, December 11, 2017. (Link)
  • “Can Elon Musk make subway tunnels cool again?,” by Matt McFarland. CNN, December 6, 2017. (Link)
  • “Demolition Day,” by Robert Scaramuccia. The Yale Herald, December 4, 2017. (Link)
  • “LaGuardia Airport AirTrain moves toward fruition, despite criticism,” by Vincent Barone. AM New York, November 16, 2017. (Link)
  • “Cities realize they must fix the sorry state of buses,” by Matt McFarland. CNN, October 27, 2017. (Link)
  • “Subway platform screen doors pilot slated for L train’s 3rd Avenue station,” by Vincent Barone. AM New York, October 24, 2017. (Link)
  • “Enough With the Streetcars Already,” by Laura Bliss. CityLab, September 29, 2017. (Link)
  • “The real reason streetcars are making a comeback,” by Carlos Waters. Vox, August 9, 2017. (Link)
  • “Cities Say They Haven’t Approved Elon Musk’s East Coast Hyperloop,” by Aric Jenkins. Fortune, July 20, 2017. (Link)
  • “Elon Musk’s tunnel idea is sounding more like public transit every day,” by Alissa Walker. Curbed, July 3, 2017. (Link)
  • “Overcrowding Is Not the New York Subway’s Problem,” by Laura Bliss. CityLab, June 28, 2017. (Link)
  • “Detroit’s new streetcar is OK, but it can’t save a city,” by Aarian Marshall. Wired, May 20, 2017. (Link)
  • “Proposed Trump budget makes billion-dollar cuts in city transportation, development funds,” by Patrick Sisson. Curbed, March 16, 2017. (Link)
  • “Anticipating a Big Year for Transit Expansion in 2017,” by Angie Schmitt. Streetsblog USA, January 12, 2017. (Link)


  • “A One-Stop Data Shop For Transportation Wonks,” by Laura Bliss. CityLab, September 13, 2016. (Link)
  • “What’s Next for the New York Subway? Toronto Already Knows,” by Emma G. Fitzsimmons. The New York Times, August 22, 2016. (Link)
  • “Oh, Canada! Toronto beats Chicago on transit with more riders, funding,” by Mary Wisniewski. Chicago Tribune, June 19, 2016. (Link)
  • “Tunnels: the Plans, the Pitfalls, and the Promises,” by Lydia Brown and Heather Brandon. Connecticut Public Radio, March 18, 2016. (Link)
  • “Yonah Freemark explains how to build a streetcar,” by Lloyd Alter. Treehugger, February 12, 2016. (Link)


  • “Why Isn’t The U.S. Adopting This Subway Car Design?.” Here and Now, October 14, 2015. (Link)


  • “Is The Streetcar Craze A Waste of Public Dollars?.” Here and Now, December 3, 2014. (Link)


  • “Can Mass Transit Solve City Sprawl?.” Science Friday, September 20, 2013. (Link)