Berkeley Study: Cost Per Unit Goes Up Because of Rules, Regulations

As I’ve pointed out already, non-profit housing producers get stomping mad when I point out the cost per unit of their product. They say, “It doesn’t work like that!” And whenever I point out the fact that rules, regulations, fees, and process overreach adds to the price of housing, I often get, “Oh, you just […]

Warning From Portland: Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning Brings Building to Halt

I’ve often said that I’ve never seen such intense and stubborn support for such a significant and sweeping imposition as I have for Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning (MIZ). There are two opponents in Seattle to the measure that the City calls Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA), Seattle For Growth and angry neighbors who have appealed the program […]

How Does Seattle’s Bad Housing Policy Hurt Rural Immigrants?

When people in the media talk about a housing “crisis” (I still haven’t seen a quantitative definition of what that means) the image conjured up is usually an urban one. Whether it is homelessness or high rents or the lack of so called “workforce housing,” the concentration of the energy on the issues is mostly […]