Category Archives: Housing

If We Tax the Rich, They’ll Leave D.C.

Blah, blah, blah. This came across the Twitterz: Former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams is urging members of the business community to write @councilofdc in opposition to proposed tax increases on high earners. "Highly skilled workers are more mobile than ever. … Continue reading

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When Elected Officials Are Above and Apart

This post accidentally spooled out over the weekend. Since it seemed to be somewhat popular on the Twitterz, I’m reposting it: A point I made long ago in the context of transportation policy bears repeating: for services to work well, … Continue reading

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We Still Have Multiple Housing Crises

In the Before Times, some asshole with a blog observed: One housing crisis, and the one that gets the least attention, exists in those places where housing prices are too low, but I’m not going to discuss that here. The … Continue reading

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When Elected Officials Are Above and Apart

A point I made long ago in the context of transportation policy bears repeating: for services to work well, those who govern said services must use them–and suffer when they fail. In a more general sense, elected officials can’t be … Continue reading

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We Focus on Housing Costs, but Ignore Transportation Costs

And when you include transportation costs, suddenly those low-cost areas aren’t so low-cost anymore. At all. Many moons ago, some asshole with a blog noted: Even though I want to deport everyone to urban hellholes think urbanization is a good … Continue reading

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We Have Multiple Housing Crises

A recent article, “Why The Housing Crisis Is A Problem For Everyone — Even Wealthy Homeowners” does a very good job of explaining why high urban housing prices are a problem for everyone. But it suffers from a problem in … Continue reading

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The Green New Deal Is Not the Radical Position, It Is the Compromise Position

With several Democratic presidential candidates, along with numerous other Democratic politicians, calling for a Green New Deal, it goes without saying that the Green New Deal has been called radical. But the Green New Deal isn’t radical, it’s the compromise … Continue reading

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Michael Bloomberg and Lead Poisoning

Maybe he’s not the gifted politician he believes he is (boldface mine): The Harlem mother had spent a decade crusading against landlords whose neglect of lead paint hazards had poisoned thousands of kids, including her youngest son. Michael Bloomberg, the … Continue reading

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Assumptions and Rent Control

In an excellent piece of public testimony by economist J.W. Mason about why the assumption that rent control will lead to bad economic outcomes, one of the key things he does is challenge the assumptions of the argument (boldface mine): … Continue reading

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Hospitals, Housing, and a Failure of Governance

It appears that hospitals are getting into the housing the homeless business (boldface mine): In the first half of this year alone, the hospital treated more than 100 long-term patients. All had a medical issue that led to their initial … Continue reading

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