Choice and Affordability

For months, Regressives, including Mayor Turner and the Chronicle, have been on the affordable housing bandwagon. They have been telling us that Houston lacks affordable housing. But just last Friday, the Chronicle reported that “Affordable homes help Houston attract millennials.” Interestingly, both of these claims are true, but for reasons that Regressives won’t acknowledge.

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Letting the Market Respond

Jerry Nickelsburg, an economist at UCLA, writes that cities such as San Francisco and Los Angeles have a shortage of affordable housing because of supply and demand. The demand for housing exceeds the supply, and so prices have risen. This is true, as far as it goes.

Just last week, the Chronicle reported that Harris […]

A Flood of Altruism

More than 300,000 home owners in the Houston area can expect significant increases in their flood insurance. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIH), which insures those homes, is more than $24 billion in debt and Congress is expected to end the subsidies that are bankrupting the program.

NFIH was created because private insurers didn’t want […]

Trump vs. Houston

Last week, a Chronicle editorial proclaimed that the policies of the Trump Administration will have a devastating impact on Houston. While it is true that the policies cited–a border tax, import tariffs and immigrant roundups–will have harmful effects, the paper conveniently ignores the many equally harmful consequences of policies it advocates.

A proposed border tax […]

Altruism and the Homeless

Last week, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced plans to reduce panhandling and homeless encampments in Houston. A part of the plan is the construction of “low-level shelters” under freeway underpasses. The mayor intends to introduce an ordinance that will ban tents on public property, and the taxpayer funded shelters will provide an alternative.

Turner’s “holistic” approach […]

A War Story, Part 2

I previously wrote about my experience with the city regarding a four-plex I once owned. In light of the recent media hype about “affordable housing,” it is worth revisiting that experience. While the city allegedly seeks to promote more “affordable housing” for low income Houstonians, many of its policies do the exact opposite.

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Free Will and “Affordable Housing”

Advocates of “affordable housing” are using the race card to claim that Houston is a segregated city, while ignoring the fact that the segregation that exists is on the basis of economics rather than race. This claim is intended to cloud the discussion and ignore the real issue–the choices that individuals make are the primary […]

Economic Segregation

In yesterday’s post, I examined how “affordable housing” advocates are using the race card to explain Houston’s segregated housing. The advocates are pointing to differences between wealthier neighborhoods and low-income neighborhoods to support their claims. Such claims are an attempt to cloud the issue and push a Leftist agenda.

Houston is a segregated city, but […]

Playing the Race Card

In the wake of a recent ruling by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that Houston is in violation of federal housing mandates, “affordable housing” advocates are playing the ace that Leftists always keep up their sleeve–the race card. A recent opinion piece in the Chronicle claims that Houston is a segregated city, […]

Housing First and Altruism

Conservatives love to talk about limited government and the merits of the free market. But when push comes to shove, they invariably turn to government to solve social problems. Take Gary Polland, former Harris County Republican Party Chairman as an example.

In a recent article on his website, he addresses Houston’s homeless problem. The conservative […]