Sep 17

It is worth reading this entire piece

Rent Control is Missing the Point and Here’s Why

However, it seems to me that this is less about affordable housing and more about pointing fingers. We are villainizing landlords and using the homeless as political tools. We are spending all this time and money fighting over who’s to blame and attempting to hold businesses responsible for the social neglect which is the responsibility of us all, but in truth can only be addressed by the state.

It’s an easy political win to attack landlords, to say they are terrible and we need to control their evil ways, because there’s a clearly defined enemy. But this won’t help anybody.

Jul 01

Oregon to legalize duplexes on nearly every city lot – Sightline

The bill, which would also legalize fourplexes and cottage clusters in larger cities, cleared both House and Senate with wide, bipartisan majorities.

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“We all have an affordable housing crisis in our areas,” said Rep. Jack Zika, a Redmond Republican who supported the bill before a different committee June 11. “This is not a silver bullet, but will address some of the things that all our constituents need. … We have an opportunity now for first-time homebuyers.”

The prequel up story shows the impact of legalizing four families after 39 years

When people who live in low-density areas think about re-legalizing duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes, they wonder, understandably, about what exactly might happen to their neighborhood.

Will the beautiful Victorian down the block be destroyed? Will all the nice trees be chopped down?


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