Category Archives: Housing

Why I Am Pessimistic About Global Warming Progress

Maybe it’s the jumping forward due to Daylight Saving Time still kicking in, but the problem in combating global warming is that the ‘zipless fuck’ solutions aren’t enough. Weatherizing your house and driving an electric vehicle aren’t enough. We’ll outsource … Continue reading

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The Bronx Is Not Burning: Fighting The Urban Battles Of Yesteryear

Recently, Amazon announced that they would no longer be building ‘HQ2’ in Long Island City, NY. The general consensus seems to be that the deal fell apart over the money Amazon, a trillion dollar company, would receive from the city … Continue reading

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Without Vision…

…the Democratic Party will perish. Or at least not do as well in 2020 as we need it to. Let me preface this by noting, as I have many times, that Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi is arguably the best floor whip … Continue reading

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One Way Federal Policy Can Influence Local Housing Zoning For The Better

A couple of weeks ago, Minneapolis passed legislation banning single-family zoning. Here’s what that means (boldface mine): Opening up Minneapolis’ wealthiest, most exclusive districts to triplexes, the theory goes, will create new opportunities for people to move for schools or … Continue reading

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The Housing Crisis Is Intertwined With The Transit Crisis

They intersect, if you will. Even though many low-income neighborhoods in Philadelphia have available mass transit, many people still use cars (boldface mine): Throughout many Philadelphia neighborhoods, cars are the most common commuting choice, but that is particularly the case … Continue reading

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Unwilling To Truly Combat Global Warming: The WaPo Transit Edition

While this Washington Post editorial would appear to be about a minor transit issue, it represents the kind of failure that we must end if we’re serious about stopping climate change (boldface mine): WHEN GOV. Larry Hogan (R) last year … Continue reading

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The Rent Is Too Damn High

Or, if you prefer, affordable housing is now an upper-middle class problem. Not a gentry class problem, but definitely one for the upper-middle class. Consider the median D.C. household income–which is pretty good compared to many places!–of $77,686. Affordable housing, … Continue reading

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I’m Thankful That Amazon Didn’t Come To D.C.

Last week, when Amazon decided to set up sorta-kinda-headquarters in Crystal City and in Long Island City, NY, I was glad D.C. wasn’t going to waste any money on enriching the wealthiest man in the world. Given how Crystal City, … Continue reading

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Climate Change And Disasters

Over the last few years, every time there is a large scale climate-related catastrophe, there are renewed calls to do something (e.g., the Malibu inferno). But all of the proposals miss something important. Here’s a Vox summary of the Green … Continue reading

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DOPA And The Classic D.C. Governance Problem

And by D.C. I mean the local government, not Wor-Shing-Tun. D.C. has the habit of passing excellent laws, and then neither funding nor enforcing them–that would be hard, and make people uncomfortable! Case in point, DOPA (boldface mine): D.C. Mayor … Continue reading

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