A case for suburbs.

While Levittown had inherent flaws, the Center for Opportunity Urbanism's Wendell Cox argues on New Geography that suburbanization benefited millions.

Cox argues that urban containment policies arising out of the reaction to Levittown and other suburban developments have cut supply, making housing unaffordable. But there is hope.

Levitowns can still be built. For example, a review of four metropolitan areas shows that new, entry level detached housing can be purchased for from 2.0 to 2.5 times median household incomes in Atlanta, Columbus, Houston and Indianapolis. This is only slightly above the two times average earnings typical in Levittown, when few families had more than one wage earner. Moreover, today’s prices include a garage, and the houses are at least 50 percent larger.

Cox suggests avoiding urban containment policies, opening up land for development, establishing “special housing areas” outside their urban containment boundaries in order to facilitate housing that is affordable to middle income households, and governments, land developers and home builders examining approaches for liberalizing regulation on starter homes

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