Category Archives: Housing

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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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

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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

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