News and Commentary
What would DC look like if single-family zoning was put in place for all residential areas? A new analysis at Greater Greater Washington discusses zoning and stresses the importance of gentle density measures such as duplexes and townhouses to help meet the growing housing demand.
A new CEPR blog post analyzes the long term effects of a cut to housing subsidies for low-income households. They find local government spending partly compensated for the cut while homelessness went up and voting participation went down. But while subsidies sound great, slashing zoning rules could drive down housing costs at no public expense.
A new article at Reason reports that twenty floors would need to be removed from a new 112-unit condo building by court order thanks to a lawsuit by two community groups. Needless to say, such legal action discourages developers, drives up costs of building, and inevitably translates to a higher cost of living for New Yorkers.
Brookings Institute fellow Jenny Scheutz writes in The Atlantic about the misdirected blame landlords sometimes face for rising rents. She points to greater density, more apartments, and thus more options for people seeking housing as a solution.
A new article at City Observatory covers Atlanta’s anti-gentrification moratorium. Of course, blocking construction will do nothing to address growing demand and will almost certainly drive up costs for residents. The author Joe Cortright has also written another article on the importance of discussing the counterfactual to gentrification. He explains that neighborhoods with little pressure of new residents are often actually getting worse.