Category Archives: Housing

Giving Bowser Credit Where It’s Due: D.C.’s Housing the Homeless Proposal

While I’ve ripped into D.C.‘s Mayor Muriel Bowser several times–deservedly so–she deserves kudos for her plan to end homelessness in D.C. An overview (boldface mine): The mayor said she will ask the D.C. Council to change a city law that … Continue reading

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Sunday Sermon: De Facto Versus De Jure Segregation

Richard Rothstein describes the agency underlying segregation (boldface mine): The federal government led in the establishment and maintenance of residential segregation in metropolitan areas. From its New Deal inception and especially during and after World War II, federally funded public … Continue reading

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The Tragedy Behind the Trump-Related Beating

By now, you might have heard about the two South Boston men, inspired by Donald Trump’s racist rhetoric, who beat a homeless Mexican immigrant. Here’s the heart-breaking part (boldface mine): The 58-year-old victim, who has requested privacy, suffered a broken … Continue reading

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Cognitively Trapped By Cars

Consider the following statistic: As a planning and transportation geek, I understand that each year, in the United States, about 35,000 people are killed in plane crashes and about 2,000,000 are injured. I’ve known those numbers for years and relayed … Continue reading

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Solving the Urban Housing Crisis Requires a Suburban Solution

One of the many annoyances when urban policy is discussed is the conflation of cities with metropolitan areas. Sometimes, commentators will mean the city sensu stricto, while, at other times, city actually means metropolitan area (Richard Florida does this far … Continue reading

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One Way to Lower High Housing Prices

Two recent articles decry the stratospheric cost of housing in London. That’s not just a problem for London, but cities like New York and Miami, where high end properties are more an investment vehicle than a place to live. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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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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