Archive: Housing

No Home When You Get Out
Zoning Reform for the Formerly Incarcerated
To ensure there are enough low-cost units on the market to house the formerly incarcerated as they return to their communities, towns and cities need to permit construction of low-cost housing typologies.
Nick Zaiac | June 21, 2019
Upzoning the Ellis Island of the South
NIMBYism can be hard to understand until you see it play out in community meetings and zoning board or utility commission hearings.
Nick Zaiac | June 10, 2019
America Has Used Cars. Why Not Used Housing?
Used Cars Are Cheap Because New Ones Get Produced at Great Volume. Housing Should (and Often Does) Work the Same Way.
The more new housing that’s built, the more “used housing” that is freed up to be rented or owned by low-income people.
Scott Beyer | June 6, 2019
High Housing Costs Are Not Just Limited to Big Cities
How Decades of Tight Zoning Suffocated Small Town Vermont
Unlike the costs of labor or building materials, land-use regulation costs are created by law and can be lowered by lawmaker action.
Nick Zaiac | May 17, 2019
The Insanity of the Push for Rent Control
The nationwide retreat of rent control was consistent with the thrust of decades of economic research, and the new controls fly in the face of that research.
Benjamin Powell | May 14, 2019
But What About Traffic?
The Case for Road Pricing
Building more housing will inevitably cause more congestion. The answer is to price the space where the congestion occurs.
Scott Beyer | May 6, 2019
Two Paths to Improve How Localities Pay for Services and Amenities
Crowding and straining existing infrastructure are key concerns that proponents of new development must overcome. Some solutions are better than others.
Nick Zaiac | May 1, 2019
San Francisco’s Housing Crisis Is a Product of the Regulatory State
And it’s not just one regulation that makes the city expensive. It’s all of them.
San Francisco’s median home value is now at $1.3 million, and there’s a growing bipartisan consensus on how it got so expensive.
Scott Beyer | April 8, 2019
Four Ways to Improve Land Use Without Upzoning
Prolonged periods of high rents are a sign that cities haven’t permitted enough potential building space in their most desirable areas.
Nick Zaiac | April 4, 2019
Three Better Ideas Than a Vacant Storefront Tax for San Francisco
Commercial vacancy is a problem for SF neighborhoods. But the solution isn’t more government. It’s less.
Cathy Reisenwitz | March 27, 2019