When we focus on demand-side approaches to housing affordability, we inevitably tell low income residents that a lack of public services is in their best interest. That’s unacceptable.
Intentionally or not, the NYPD perpetuates a system in which the most vulnerable street users are blamed for their own deaths.
Supporting Main Street is a penny-foolish but pound-wise way of structuring local economies.
When large national and international businesses are willing to pay such high rents that they lose money on particular locations, local businesses are unable to compete. What should we do about that?
When families of means remove themselves from a community, they cause big negative externalities. We subsidized these actions in the twentieth century – let’s not make the same mistake again.
What neighborhoods should be responsible for housing the homeless? Should the neighborhoods that these folks are from be more responsible that others for bearing the weight of shelters?
Home ownership can have value – but it doesn’t make sense as an investment strategy. In most areas of life we’re willing to pay more for value, but when it comes to housing, we think we can make a good financial decision and get what we want at the same time.