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The St Louis Contrarian

Providing Independent and Intelligent Insight on St. Louis Public Policy Issues

Trendiness In Housing and Urban Development

I sound like a codger which I am, but I have seen it all in this field. What strikes me as sad and ironic is the trendiness of movements in the housing and urban development field. There are two reasons for this, the lack of solid research data to support programs, and the lack of much success in transforming people’s lives. Examples abound. Greenlining, much like the old HUD 235 program which was a disaster. Transit based development which does not affect most communities in the United States. Inclusionary zoning which is a political non starter in most places. Rent control, unsuccessful before. I heard a good one today called just evictions. What evictions are unjust? If the tenant does not pay the rent, they are out. You get my drift. Be highly suspicious of these trendy programs. Written by Paul Dribin

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