An architect in Los Angeles explains how regulations drive up housing costs

In particular, requirements for additional square footage like parking spaces make even small units significantly more expensive than cities without those requirements, making it impossible to build “affordable housing”.

https://amp.reddit.com/r/LosAngeles/comments/6lvwh4/im_an_architect_in_la_specializing_in_multifamily/

http://archive.is/d8hME

Internationally, U.S. Students Are Falling

-In math, the U.S. average score was 470, below the international average of 490. Average scores ranged from 564 in Singapore to 328 in the Dominican Republic.

-In science, the U.S. average score was 496, about the same as the international average of 493. Average scores ranged from 556 in Singapore to 332 in the Dominican Republic.

-In reading, the U.S. average score was 497, around the same as the international average of 493. Average scores ranged from 535 in Singapore to 347 in Lebanon.

Average scores in math have been on the decline since 2009, and scores in reading and science have been flat during that same time period.

Across the globe, American students were outperformed by their counterparts in 36 countries in math; 18 countries in science and 14 countries in reading.

 

https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2016-12-06/math-a-concern-for-us-teens-science-reading-flat-on-test

http://archive.is/T26v4