a strong town naturally blends housing styles at many different price points.
This can be accomplished with several tactics:
- Encourage small-scale incremental development to empower local residents and increase community wealth.
- Adjust zoning laws to allow for more choices within the marketplace.
- Remove distortions in the federal mortgage market which favor the creation of single-family homes while discouraging any other housing style. (We explored this concept in depth in a series of articles in February 2016.)
This suburb is a growing place, but it's not a successful place. It has almost no chance of becoming fiscally productive, environmentally sustainable, or a prosperous community full of upwardly mobile individuals and families. It risks becoming, instead, an increasingly isolating place full of people who are cut off from the economic mainstream.
The state of Florida went all-in on the suburban experiment in a way that few other places did. Overbuilt and half empty, many Florida suburbs will never climb out of debt and decline.
These places all have many of the physical elements needed for success, quite frankly, because they were built for it originally. What they need most is people; people that care about the place and have the energy to make it better.
Tiny homes are one way to increase housing options and improve affordability, but they also present numerous zoning and regulatory challenges for the entrepreneurial spirits trying to build them.
A diverse array of housing types in each neighborhood makes Tulsa, OK a surprisingly great town for millennials with children.
My attempts to build a tiny home have been thwarted by a hostile regulatory environment at every turn. So here's what I did instead.
A recent Newsweek article on urbanism is chock-full of nonsense.
One historic home at a time, St. Paul, MN is demonstrating how a critical mass of Strong Citizens can be an incredible asset to a troubled area, and how local government can play a constructive role in the incremental revitalization of such an area.
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The changes in our neighborhoods go far beyond a simple response to what homebuyers and renters wanted. In fact, governments at all levels implemented policies that effectively outlawed the kinds of traditional neighborhoods that Americans had lived in for generations.
While the most common image of poverty is a high-rise public housing project, in fact many of America’s poor live in the very type of neighborhood where investment is impeded by current financing regulations.
Life in the exurban fallout zones of the housing crisis is precarious. Overbuilt and half empty, many suburbs will never climb out of debt and decline. Federal housing policies put them in this place.