Category Archives: Housing

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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You Can’t Have Gentrification Without A Gentry Class

I’ve made this point before, but it bears repeating in light of a new study: One of the things that always seems to go missing in discussions of gentrification and its effect on housing prices is, well, the existence of … Continue reading

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Urban Housing Policy And Those Stupid Natural History Facts: The DOPA And TOPA Edition

Attempts to lower urban housing costs seem to come in two flavors: 1. BUILD MOAR. 2. Rent control. However, D.C. has two pretty good alternatives, known as DOPA: Here’s the thing–D.C. has a very good legal structure to preserve affordable … Continue reading

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This Isn’t Helping Lower Housing Prices In D.C.

D.C. meet Mr. Market Failure (boldface mine): The co-working segment is the bright spot in D.C.’s commercial real estate market right now, but there are concerns. JLL said the office vacancy rate in D.C. is currently over 12 percent, and … Continue reading

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The Exburb Implosion And The Hidden Cost of Transportation

While people often focus on the cost of housing, it’s important to realize that the costs of transportation also need to be considered. As I noted a few years ago, when you include transportation costs into the ‘cost of housing’, … Continue reading

Posted in Housing, Transportation