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The Atlantic Cities | The Most and Least Affordable Housing in America


“The authors specifically call out new construction that is significantly controlled by comprehensive plans or through more restrictive land use regulations “referred to as ‘compact development,’ ‘urban consolidation,’ ‘growth management’ and ‘smart growth.’” The thesis is that these places create housing that is unaffordable. And conversely, the places ranked as affordable – Phoenix, Atlanta, Las Vegas – tend to be areas associated with sprawl development.”

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  1. Zane Selvans says:

    You can’t meaningfully separate transportation and housing costs. Looking at only the cost of a house in the exurbs, and not the costs of living in sprawl is disingenuous. Sure, the sweet Passivhaus condo in Portland’s Pearl District costs three times as much as a McMansion on the outskirts of Phoenix, but instead of spending 2 hours in a car every day you spend one hour riding around town on the MAX or your bike. That’s time that meaningfully improves your quality of life, while reducing your transportation and healthcare costs. The sprawl lobby will call out “strict regulations” when they incentivize something other than sprawl, but they’re notably silent about all the equally strict regulations that *mandate* sprawl in most of the country. Road engineering guidelines that prohibit dense, permeable street networks. Parking requirements that make it impossible to put anything close to anything else without digging a six story automobile dungeon under every building. Or federal and state transportation funding priorities which are happy to subsidize 16 lane freeways and two billion dollar car tunnels, but somehow can’t find cash for BRT or any kind of human powered transportation infrastructure?

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