Tag: Housing
California Has One Less Option for Addressing the Housing Crisis

“A bill that would have allowed for duplexes on most single-family lots in California passed the Assembly late Monday night,” Andrew Khouri of the Los Angeles Times reports, “but died when the year’s legislative session came to an end before the Senate could take it up for a vote.” Senate Bill 1120, authored by...
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California Would Have Low-Cost Housing If Government Allowed It: The Mortenson Experiment

Chris Mortenson, a San Diego developer, hired an architect to find out what type of SRO (single-room-occupancy) building he could develop for very low-income people, many of them homeless, if unnecessary state and local regulations were ignored. SROs are basically apartment buildings that typically have rooms without kitchens and shared bathrooms at the end...
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California’s Regulations Against Affordable Housing

California has more homeless people than any other state, with large homeless tent camps occupying the sidewalks of many of its streets. California also has the second most expensive housing of all states, lagging only behind Hawaii. Writing at the Washington Examiner, Timothy P. Carney wonders to what extent the state government’s regulatory environment...
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A Proposed California Constitutional Amendment to Resolve the Housing Affordability Crisis

A Proposed California Constitutional Amendment to Resolve the Housing Affordability Crisis The People of the State of California hereby find and declare the following: (a) Whereas, Californians are suffering from an unprecedented housing affordability crisis caused by state and local government regulations, fees, mandates, and prohibitions that have overly restricted housing supplies and increased...
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Will Demolishing Homes Solve California’s Housing Crisis?

For months now, California legislators have been decrying the state’s housing crisis. That crisis will soon be made worse by the Natomas Levee Improvement Plan, launched in Sacramento in 2007. The plan aims to reduce the area’s vulnerability to flooding and will make improvements to Garden Highway that runs atop the current levee. It...
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Thoughts on Housing Affordability and Homelessness in California

Improving housing affordability will significantly reduce homelessness, but it will not in itself solve the problem.

Blame California’s Housing Shortage on Dubious Regulations

California’s housing shortage is a political choice, just as are many of its other problems.

How NYU Can Learn from China

When I studied in London last year as part of my university’s exchange program, I experienced first-hand the inefficiencies of monopolies propped up by central authorities. The “central authority” I speak of is not, perhaps, what you are thinking of: the UK government, or worse, the ‘notorious’ European Union. Rather, I use the term...
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Ben Carson and the Future of Cities

President-elect Donald Trump has tapped neurosurgeon Ben Carson to head the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). While pundits are focused on their primary feuds, a more important question is whether HUD’s mission will change under Carson’s tenure. On the surface, Carson’s appointment might seem to be a simple patronage job, a reward...
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The Prime Importance of Private Property Rights

Imagine for a moment you decide to rent out a room in your home to another person. There are two parties in the contract—the landlord (you) and the tenant. You both agree to the lease and sign the contract. Things are going fine, but then, your tenant stops paying their rent. The solution to...
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