News and Commentary
Emily Hamilton writes in Bloomberg CityLab about why ending single family housing isn’t a silver bullet to addressing the affordable housing crisis in the U.S. She argues that in order to address “missing middle” housing, cities need to address other regulations stifling housing construction including parking requirements and limits on height or lot size.
Danielle Kurtzleben reports for NPR about the Trump Administration’s recent push to repeal the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule which is meant to combat housing discrimination and segregation. Kurtzleben argues that this policy change is an effort to woo suburban voters in the upcoming presidential election.
Bonnie Kristian argues in The Week that “destroying the suburbs” should be a Republican idea. She asserts that upzoning and other housing deregulation should fit the GOP’s free market ideology and that the president’s rejection of these ideas means that it’s “plausible to see his talk of single-family zoning as the bastion of suburban integrity as implicitly part of an older tradition of state-enforced racism.”
Lawrence Lanahan writes in Bloomberg CityLab about a contradiction in President Donald Trump’s preference for “local control” arguing that the president only seems to want suburbs to have local control whereas cities shouldn’t. He specifically cites the discontent between the president’s threats to send federal law enforcement to cities and his administration’s repeal of the AFFH rule.