It’s being said by conservatives and liberals: America faces a crisis of affordable housing. And the way out of it is to build more houses.
Wouldn’t it make more sense to first understand the extent of the problem? Real estate interests have sucked in advocates for the poor in their YIMBY (Yes in My Backyard) campaigns. Their mission is often to bulldoze through the zoning laws that ensure a neighborhood’s quality of life.
Many residents in America’s homeless encampments can’t afford anything. New units might provide rent relief for some working-class tenants, down on their luck. Others have…