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Pruitt-Igoe

A cautionary housing tale

Can society be designed? Can an expert engineer alleviate people’s pains and struggles with a good-enough central plan and blueprint? Minoru Yamasaki thought so. Yamasaki was one of America’s most well-respected architects in the 20th century...

Operations enter time-space continuum

Fast, reliable, wireless internet service is not only a nice amenity for residents, it can also cure a long list of headaches for apartment companies. Over the last ten years, a revolution has slowly spread...

It’s back.

In late August, the Supreme Court struck down the Centers for Disease Control’s so-called “eviction moratorium.” The justices ruled that the federal agency did not have the legal authority to unilaterally extend a prohibition...

How to make housing affordable

An old joke goes as follows: Patient to doc: “Doc, it hurts when I do this.” Doctor to patient: “Quit doing that.” That joke applies to the issue of affordable housing. Many people talk about what governments...

What happened in 1971?

Something huge happened in 1971. And both Edward Snowden and Jack Dorsey are asking the same question. In mid-August, Twitter Founder and CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted a strange hashtag: #WTFHappenedin1971. A few weeks later, Edward Snowden,...

What if they opened the office and nobody came?

For months, corporate hegemons, real estate brokers and their media acolytes have been insisted that a return to “normalcy,” that is, to the office, was imminent. Some companies threatened to reduce the incomes of...

Afghan refugees face U.S. housing crunch

Refugee aid groups are scrambling to find permanent homes for the thousands of Afghan evacuees expected to settle in the Washington, D.C. region in the coming months, a steep challenge in one of the...

Small answers big problems

The Biden administration is taking steps to address a severe housing shortage in the U.S. by creating and selling 100,000 affordable homes over the next three years using existing funds, the White House said...

Careening for disaster

President Biden and progressive allies are advancing a historic $4.5+ trillion spending plan that would vastly expand the government’s reach into climate change, welfare policy, and just about everything else in between. To “pay...

Ghost in the machine

A video posted by a real estate agent in Las Vegas—claiming a company was pulling off a convoluted scheme to manipulate housing prices—has gone viral. Runaway home prices are fueling angst on social media over...

Rental unit bidding wars

It’s not uncommon to hear about bidding wars for homes in today’s housing market. But “leasing wars” for rental units are popping up in some cities as demand for multifamily housing remains high. Matt Scott,...

What’s driving up rent prices?

In a year when people have yearned for a return to normal, the rental market has been anything but. Not only are rent prices rising, they are rising tremendously fast and rising virtually everywhere. According...

Dispelling the myth of raising rents

Rents have increased across the nation over the past year, but whether that correlates to housing insecurity rates depends on geographic and socioeconomic conditions rather than high rents. Housing insecurity has been a major issue...

A small landlord’s cry: Why is the government violating my property rights?

I am a small landlord, and the government has put me and millions of other small landlords through hell for the past 18 months. Politicians always say they support small business, but they rarely...
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Easing the squeeze

The American dream of homeownership has become inaccessible for many, thanks to historically high home prices that are keeping prospective buyers in the rental market. But increased demand for rental housing—along with dwindling supply—continues to...
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