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‘Little Communities’: A zoning proposal

A zoning proposal

In light of the density issue, we suggest limited re-zoning for these smaller units in existing housing, to create what we may call “little communities.” Rezoning for smaller units could be limited to along public transportation routes … Read More “‘Little Communities’: A zoning proposal”

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SPOA Proposal: Create smaller-sized, lower-rent units rapidly in existing rental housing

We are over-housed   

Housing advocates often call for more family-sized units with two or three bedrooms – a wrong-headed idea. Today’s households are much smaller than they used to be, and they often live in large units built originally … Read More “SPOA Proposal: Create smaller-sized, lower-rent units rapidly in existing rental housing”

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Rent control never stays “mild,” it only gets stricter and stricter

  • “Mild” rent control is the camel’s nose in the tent. 
  • Rent control pays tenants every month to vote for pro-rent-control lawmakers and to demand lower and lower rents.
  • Rent control is not a housing policy. It is a political power
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Impacts of RENT CONTROL on types of property owners

(Based on past rent control systems in Massachusetts. Rent control can vary by city or by state. Oregon California’s recently enacted rent control covers all rental units in each state except single-family homes in some cases. Proposals for nationwide rent … Read More “Impacts of RENT CONTROL on types of property owners”

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ECONOMIC IMPACTS of rent control

The simple act of pushing rents below market value has widespread negative impacts. Giving local-option rent control would affect the state’s entire economy.

Devaluation  

The initial vote to impose rent control immediately lowers the value of all affected housing. … Read More “ECONOMIC IMPACTS of rent control”

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