Sometimes it's necessary to peel back the layers of the onion to understand how to slice it and dice it in an effective and productive way. Or, to understand where to inject innovation to disrupt what may be fundamental issues that are blocking an effective move-forward plan. Here, Brass Tacks, attempts to wade through four main issues surrounding affordability and the history of the struggle, to bring new perspective.

#1 Housing is in "a state of paradoxical crisis"
#2 Four essential tools increase affordability (Although not enough)

  • building codes
  • rent restrictions
  • non-speculative ownership
  • subsidies

#3 Public housing works
#4 We're sliding down a slippery slope of ever-shallower housing subsidies

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