Category Archives: Housing

Solving Homelessness Isn’t Hard, But Feeling Good About Ourselves While Doing So Is

A while ago, I noted that ending poverty isn’t that hard to do, but we get hung up on pseudo-moral issues that prevent us from doing so. Over at Digby’s joint, thereisnospoon makes a similar point about homelessness and housing … Continue reading

Posted in Basic Human Decency, Homelessness, Housing

Yes, Income Inequality Exacerbates Rental Prices

Despite the common claim–one that is partially correct–that urban rental prices are high due to a lack of supply, what goes unsaid (though occasionally implied) is that prices are being bid up by the well-to-do and the wealthy. This is … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Housing | 1 Comment

So When Do Rental Prices Drop?

Kyle Russell argues that San Francisco’s housing prices are so expensive because there’s too little housing: height and other zoning restrictions make it impossible to have high density. This leads to a bidding up of prices by the wealthy, who … Continue reading

Posted in Housing | 3 Comments

Yes, A Tax Would Help Lower Urban Housing Costs–But We Need the Right Tax

Last week, the intertoobz were all abuzz with the proposal that San Francisco’s housing problems could be solved with a land tax. Rather than taxing property (i.e., housing), you tax the value of the land, so someone who doesn’t build … Continue reading

Posted in Boston, Economics, Housing | 2 Comments

“Now is the time to make an adequate income a reality for all of God’s children”: The Need to Politicize MLK Day

(from here) Consider the above picture when thinking about increasing the minimum wage. Or a living wage. Or treating workers as people. Never forget that King was murdered in Memphis while he was supporting striking sanitation workers. Forty-five years after … Continue reading

Posted in Blastocyst Liberation, Conservatives, Housing, Hunger, Racism, Unions

A Hypothesis As To Why People Hate Gas Taxes

Gallup recently ran a poll with the following result: When you break it down by demography (unfortunately, there are no crosstabs), what struck me is the economic differences: people who make between $25,000 – $59,000 annually are much more opposed … Continue reading

Posted in Automobiles, Housing, Taxes | 4 Comments

It’s Time to ‘Politicize’ Martin Luther King Day

For Martin Luther King Day, I usually link to one of his last major addresses–a speech to striking sanitation workers in Memphis. But one thing that has always bothered me about the holiday is that we’ve stripped it of the … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives, Housing, Hunger, Racism, Unions | 2 Comments