Category Archives: Housing

Pity the Poor Couple Who Make $450,000 Per Year: Housing Costs Are Too Damn High

It has been a while since we’ve seen a remake of the ‘Pity the Poor Couple Who Make Hundreds of Thousands Per Year‘ column, but a couple of weeks ago, CNBC decided to bring sexy it back! This graphic explains … Continue reading

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The Nextdoor Presidency

When the left, construed very broadly, fails at governance (which isn’t the same as legislating), it creates room for very bad actors to offer superficial solutions which lead to very bad things. But I’m getting ahead of myself. By ‘Nextdoor’ … Continue reading

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Camps for the Homeless and the Political Consequences of Failed Governance

Recently, Trump has tried to make homelessness in cities a political issue. Of course, being Trump, his solution is horrible, as it involves shipping the homeless to camps–and this has gone beyond the bullshitting stage, with officials touring unused federal … Continue reading

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Accountability, Arrogance, and NIMBY

Over the long weekend, there was a fantastic article about a key element of the housing crisis in many urban metropolitan areas: NIMBY progressives (NIMBY stands for Not In My Back Yard). This is one reason, among many, why I’ve … Continue reading

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You Can’t Have Gentrification Without a Gentry Class: The SALT Edition

Yes, not enough housing can bid up prices. But as we’ve been saying for years, you can’t have gentrification without a gentry class. In other words, housing prices, in part, are expensive because the gentry class is able to afford … Continue reading

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Housing and National Democrats

To date, only Booker, Harris, Sanders, and Warren have discussed housing (Booker, Harris, and Warren have published plans). Booker last week added a feature to his–he penalizes cities that zone exclusively for single-family housing (boldface mine): Under Booker’s proposal, cities … Continue reading

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Housing, Crises, and Cronyism

A few years ago, I noted that D.C.’s Mayor Bowser, while committed to ending homelessness and building more housing, proposed a plan that was essentially payback her campaign contributors, while costing far too much for housing. Well, she is consistent … Continue reading

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The Housing Debate Shows How Meaningless Political Descriptions Are

Last week, Farhad Manjoo of the NY Times had an article which was given the online headline of “America’s Cities Are Unlivable. Blame Wealthy Liberals” and a print headline of “Nimby Liberals Make Cities Unlivable.” Interestingly, Manjoo himself doesn’t use … Continue reading

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Gentrification Without The Rise Is Just Urban Poverty

Gentrification seems to be in the news again, which always serves as a reminder that the word gentrification is usually very poorly defined. As we’ve noted before, gentrification is a two-step process. First, middle- and lower middle-class people leave a … Continue reading

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Schools In The Richest Nation On Earth

This, from Montgomery County, MD, one of the richest counties in the U.S., is disheartening (boldface mine): When Abbe Milstein’s eldest daughter started at Luxmanor Elementary, the classrooms were roomy. But when her two other children enrolled several years later, … Continue reading

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