Category Archives: Housing

The Downside of All That Cheap Housing

More than a few technobrat pundits (and Joel Kotkin) have opined about how Houston, unlike older cities, has lots of cheap housing thanks to the absence of regulation. There’s a flipside to that coin: There are a lot of citizens … Continue reading

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D.C. Has Mechanisms To Provide Affordable Housing. Inexplicably, It Doesn’t Use Them

Ryan Cooper makes some good points about gentrification in D.C.–though the missing ingredient in all of the discussion about gentrification is the rise of the gentry class. But I digress (boldface mine): Liberal Democrats are in charge of most major … Continue reading

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More Hidden Costs of Parking

I’ve written about the hidden costs of parking before (long before the cool kids were doing it!). But we can also think of parking as an invisible sales tax (boldface mine): Whether you drive or not, you are paying a … Continue reading

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The Aging–and Unsustainable–Suburbs

A while ago, I noted this about Fairfax County, VA (boldface added): When I look back at the Northern Virginian county in which I grew up–and which, at that time and still today, is one of the wealthiest counties in … Continue reading

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The Missing Element of Gentrification

One of the things technobrat pundits love to discuss–because it directly affects them–is the high cost of housing in urban areas. One cause that goes missing is income inequality (boldface added): Much of technobratacy echoes Sarah Palin as to the … Continue reading

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The Other Thing That Contributes to Rising Housing Prices

In D.C. (not Wor-Shing-Tun, but the District), there has been some coverage of the Urban Institute’s recent study on D.C. housing prices and rents. Here’s the key figure: For those unfamiliar with D.C., Ward 2 contains Dupont Circle and Georgetown, … Continue reading

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The Suburban Ponzi Scheme and Ferguson, MO

Charles Morahn makes a very interesting observation about Ferguson, MO (boldface mine): I’ve spent some time on Google looking at the area where the shooting took place and the QuikTrip that was the flashpoint for events that followed. While this … Continue reading

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