Category Archives: 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

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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

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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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There Goes The Neighborhood

You know, when those people move in. I mean, of course, right-wing think tank the American Enterprise Institute. Work is finally finishing up on their new digs at the corner of 18th and P Streets NW: Leaving aside my political … Continue reading

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Yes, New Construction Can Raise Housing Prices (And Rents)

What triggered this post was a tweet by Noah Smith: Yesterday I talked to two SF progressives who are absolutely convinced that building more houses raises rents. Amazing. — Noah Smith (@Noahpinion) August 21, 2016 And another one by Brendan … Continue reading

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These Micro-Units Aren’t Helping

As a response for the need to help the poor, I’m all for ‘micro-units’, which are essentially very small apartments, often with a communal space. Without the political will to build subsidized housing, we need something to replace what used … Continue reading

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