Category Archives: Housing

The Weird Thing About Housing ‘Markets’

They don’t really compete based on price. Here’s what I mean by that. Consider D.C.’s Shaw/U Street neighborhood, a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. There are still new buildings going up in Shaw, as well as available parcels for new buildings. These … Continue reading

Posted in Housing, Urban Planning

Republicans To Hide Housing Discrimination–GOP Is A White Nationalist Party

Republicans are pushing the “Local Zoning Decisions Protection Act of 2017” (pdf), which among other things has this provision: Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no Federal funds may be used to design, build, maintain, utilize, or provide access to … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives, Housing, Racism

Stalled Rents And Income Inequality

One of the missing elements in the discussion over rising urban rental costs is the role of income inequality. People will pay high prices to live somewhere–until they can’t (boldface mine): David J. Maundrell III, the executive vice president of … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Housing

More D.C. Housing Market Insanity

Read this section from an article about some new apartments near George Washington University, and find what doesn’t make sense: Like the idea of moving to your new apartment with just your laptop and clothes? Welcome to Varsity on K, … Continue reading

Posted in DC, Housing

Unusual Housing Porn

I’m not talking about porn that’s filmed in houses, but media that covers houses (online and in print). Here’s the oddball–see if you can find what’s weird! Did you see it? Here’s a hint: That’s right: there are books in … Continue reading

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You Can’t Have Gentrification Without A Gentry

Pointing out the obvious yet neglected component of gentrification (boldface mine): But why Brooklyn, and why now? There’s no one answer. Rather, several interlocking factors have helped bring about the New Brooklyn: Inequality. To have $4,000-a-month rents, you need renters … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Housing

The White House Housing Development Toolkit And Democracy

A couple of weeks ago, the White House released a ten-point “Housing Development Toolkit” plan (pdf) to address the housing problem (which, by the way, does little to address the long-term fiscal instability of the suburbs. But I digress). I … Continue reading

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