A view of the city in Stockholm, Sweden, Thursday, July 27, 2023. Pavel Golovkin/AP Photo.

What we can learn from Sweden’s rent control disaster

The goal shouldn’t be to slow the growth of rents. The goal should be to bring down the cost of rent in Canada’s least affordable cities. If we can structurally decrease the cost of providing housing in Canada, maintaining rent controls as anti-displacement measures becomes a lot easier.

Cyclists ride through downtown Canmore, Alta., Monday, April 24, 2023. Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press.

Calm down about 15-minute cities

The idea behind 15-minute cities is pretty simple: we should build communities where people can fulfill most of their needs within a 15-minute walk. Some terminally online people seem to believe that this would be a radical feat of social engineering that would end our free-market way of living.