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Affordable housing and mixed income developments

Michele Zone

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I found this article via a tweet with the following quote:

"Whereas subsidized mixed-income units require wealth redistribution for viability, naturally affordable units expand the tax base as more people can support themselves without public aid."
 

Gedunker

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:snip:

"Whereas subsidized mixed-income units require wealth redistribution for viability, naturally affordable units expand the tax base as more people can support themselves without public aid."
I'd have given the author a C- or D+. There are so many issues surrounding affordable housing that can't simply be laid at the feet of urban planning. It's also been a long while since I was last in Houston, but I don't recall a lot of affordable units near McMansions when I visited and toured some neighborhoods.
 

Michele Zone

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We tore down about 80 percent of our SROs over the of two decades. Our housing stock has converged towards upper middle class nuclear family digs while our population has diverged away from needing that and being able to afford it.

Tax policies, financing mechanisms and historical legacy all play a part. I would like to begin understanding some of the pieces related to urban planning.

I'm not looking to point fingers. I am looking to find solutions.
 

OfficialPlanner

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I'm loving the folks at Strong Towns! They've been several articles challenging planning norms. A few that have really made me stop to reconsider my position on something. For example, a related topic regarding inclusionary zoning and whether it's creating less affordable housing through the law of unintended consequences: https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2018/4/10/is-inclusionary-zoning-creating-less-affordable-housing

Right or wrong, I feel they're generating healthy discussions online.
 
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