There’s probably no panacea for housing affordability. Here are five immutable laws of affordable housing that cities must recognize if they want to move forward. Plus three strategies for doing so.
Increasing affordable housing doesn't have to require millions in public dollars or fancy new construction.
Incremental development doesn’t mean slow development. Here’s how big places that need housing fast can get there using the Strong Towns approach.
Let's stop pretending we know the simple antidote to the painful symptoms our housing prices are expressing and instead humble ourselves to admit that we don't understand all the complexity.
The best approaches to affordable housing solve other problems at the same time. This and other lessons from “the Michael Jordan of urban planners.”
"Developers in my city are only building luxury housing. They're not building anything that ordinary people can afford." If you’ve said this lately, or heard someone else say it, here are five possible reasons why.
How affordability is defined and measured can affect which solutions are implemented.
In this podcast interview, Emily Hamilton of the Mercatus Center discusses the decline of affordable housing in America and how we can get it back.
Until cities can lower the cost of building affordable housing, they'll never be able to create enough of it.
A reliance on federal funding for housing puts local entities at the mercy of distant decision makers whose priorities may or may not be aligned with theirs. Cities and advocacy groups should be thinking about how to re-localize and claim more control over the way we tackle these problems.
Feel-good programs like inclusionary zoning are mostly a token response to a problem of much more substantial dimension.
When there is demand to live in an area, the market should naturally respond by increasing the supply of housing.
Comprehensive affordable housing that actually benefits a community is not just cheap housing.