Ending The War On Communities: 14 Suggestions To Protect Neighborhoods While Providing Meaningful Housing Solutions

By John Mirisch : newgeography – excerpt

The debate on solving California’s housing affordability crisis has reached a fever pitch, and the level of noise is drowning out solutions. We are facing a push to indiscriminately force density on neighborhoods and a war on single-family housing, which some in Sacramento paint as inherently “racist” and “immoral.”

As Sacramento politicians spin their wheels on the highway to nowhere, we have an opportunity to find sensible, community-friendly measures to meet the housing affordability challenges here in California and across America.

The fundamental question: do we want to create affordable housing or do we want to promote housing as an investment vehicle? Wall Street, corporate developers and their Sacramento politician friends espouse “trickle down” housing theories which in reality promote luxury development which we have in abundance. The goal of non-profit affordable housing developers is: housing itself…(more)

Somehow the verbiage is getting in the way and it need to be simplified. The article lists some rather aggressive ideas on how to balance the powers that need it. Right now we not only have a glut of luxury housing compared to affordable, we also have a jobs housing imbalance that is equally damaging to our society. As hard as some of our communities try to address the problem, governments love to grow the economy and the tax base. The problem is the tax base never catches up with the needs of the community when it is growing out of sync.

Not many people are so naive as to think that trickle down economics is more than a reality show talking point. The same goes for trickle down housing and opportunities of all kinds. People are by nature too greedy to allow anything to trickle out of their hands when they have it. We need to plan for a balanced economy and a housing balance.

Another concept that needs to be deleted from our vocabulary is the idea that one can mitigate the damage caused by the government when the trickle down effect fails to materialize as promised. Instead of pretending like you can patch any wound caused by government folly, we should return to the “do no harm” concept and eliminate the homeless by eliminating the causes for homeless such as evictions. Eliminate the damage and there is no need to mitigate.

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