A Campaign for Evil

For years, the city of Houston has pursued various schemes to make housing more affordable for low-income residents. Despite spending millions of tax dollars, that effort has done little more than create jobs for the administrators of these programs and pay fines to the federal government. Indeed, the Chronicle reports that nearly 29 percent of […]

Affordable Housing and the Choices We Make

We have heard a great deal about the need for additional affordable housing in Houston. Advocates have told us that over 210,000 households in Harris County spend more than half their income on housing. They have told us that children in low-income neighborhoods suffer from high crime and substandard schools. But in all of these […]

The “Affordable Housing” Crisis

Last week, the Chronicle unleashed two more screeds on the city’s alleged “affordable housing” crisis. The latest target has been the Inner Loop, where rising demand has elevated housing prices. First, the paper informed us that rising housing prices mean that many downtown workers must commute. Then, the paper reported on a new study that […]

The Affordable Porsche Crisis

Earlier this week, Mayor Turner announced a new program to address the affordable Porsche crisis. Citing the inability of most Houstonians to afford a Porsche, Turner’s plan will provide subsidies to any family making less than $250,000 per year. “Herbert Hoover talked about putting a chicken in every pot,” Turner said smugly. “I’m going to […]

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 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, […]