Saturday, September 14, 2019

The Closer

Incivility and its discontents

Recently, in a rare moment, the Pennsylvania state party chairs, Democrat Nancy Patton Mills and Republican Val DiGigiorgio, agreed to participate in a student-organized forum on civil discourse and polarization on the campus of...

Challenging Disparate Impact

“No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without...

The new housing problem facing low-income renters

There’s a new problem facing low-income individuals seeking affordable housing: Even if they have a housing choice voucher to subsidize rents in the private market, landlords do not want to accept voucher tenants. A...

Sec. Ben Carson’s approach to affordable housing might work

The new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson, aims to succeed where the Obama administration failed. Carson’s department intends to revise one of the landmark housing policies implemented by the Obama administration,...

The death of the small apartment building

Developers in the U.S. built 358,000 units of new multifamily housing in 2017. That’s less than half the number of single-family homes built last year, but the gap between the two has narrowed a...

New lawsuit in Seattle: Housing ordinance is unfair and unconstitutional

Seattle’s Fair Chance Housing Ordinance, passed by city council in 2017, forbids landlords from considering applicants’ criminal histories when selecting tenants. In other words, landlords cannot base a rental decision on concerns over their...

Criminals vs. property owners

But adjudication processes by regulatory agencies are different, and sometimes result in property owners being treated worse than criminals. In criminal law, due process works to ensure that innocent people are not convicted of crimes....

Rent control raises housing costs

A new paper analyzes the effects of rent control expansion in the city and finds that it reduced rental housing supply, causing a city wide-rent increase. People are understandably worried about the cost of living,...

The cost of inaction

Most of us share a common trait: We are “housers.” We understand the foundational importance of the home. Our homes, of course, meet a basic need—shelter. But our homes can and should also provide stability...

Tax reform has potential to solve the housing affordability crisis

“Our tax system still siphons out of the private economy too large a share of personal and business purchasing power and reduces the incentive for risk, investment and effort.” You might be forgiven if you...

Time to restore local control over zoning—and end Obama’s HUD intrusion

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing allowed HUD to halt distribution of more than $3 billion of annual community development block grants to about 1,200 counties and cities unless the recipients abide by federal dictates on...

The multifamily industry lost in ‘86: That can’t happen again

Not since the days of Ronald Reagan, Bill Bradley and Jack Kemp has a wholesale overhaul of America’s tax code been a serious prospect. However, with President Donald Trump’s surprise victory in November and...

We can heal nation through housing

As we have seen time and time again, individuals, families and children able to afford quality shelter live better, healthier lives. Unfortunately, it is well documented that too many cannot. In 46 New York City schools...

Are there enough shovel-ready workers?

In a 9/15 campaign speech at the New York Economic Club, he predicted that his plan would increase employment by 25 million new jobs over the next 10 years. I looked at the 10-year...

Affordable housing’s not so affordable solution

Looking for an easy solution to this complicated problem, hundreds of cities and counties have adopted so-called “inclusionary zoning” ordinances, demanding that developers build and sell a certain percentage of the homes they develop...
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