News and Commentary
Matthew Haag writes in The New York Times about the New York City affordable housing lottery and the massive scramble of residents who apply for one of the coveted units each year. According to the article, “Since 2013, there have been more than 25 million applications submitted for roughly 40,000 units.”
An article in JD Supra discusses how as the economy reopens nationwide, states’ rent and mortgage suspensions are expiring. This is expected to cause a large wave of rent defaults, particularly in the retail and restaurant industries.
An article in the blog Greater Greater Washington discusses how in the Washington metropolitan area, the average cost of a home in a majority-Black neighborhood is 15% less than a comparable neighborhood in an area with few or no Black residents.
Randy Shaw writes in the blog BeyondChron about racist housing policies in progressive cities in the U.S. He highlights discriminatory zoning rules such as single-family housing as well as the presence of NIMBYs that prevent additional housing. He also speculated as to whether the recent protests associated with the Black Lives Matter movement are likely to cause a reversal in these policies.
An article on the blog Pedestrian Observations argues against the common wisdom held by many YIMBYs that growth and development needs to be shared equally as a burden arguing instead that growth, development, and immigration are all good.
An event recap from the Urban Land Institute Atlanta discusses the city’s housing policy and ways in which cities can be made to work for everyone. The event involved discussions on zoning regulations, land use decisions, and city planning design.
Hannah Hoyt and Jenny Schuetz write in a Brookings Institution report about how thoughtful design choices can create high-quality, affordable multi-family housing. Their proposals aim to reduce the stigma around affordable housing as well as to reduce costs and increase efficiency.