Ben Binder: Who pays for ‘affordable housing’?

The price of a home is not the only factor that makes it affordable. Our ever-increasing property taxes make it difficult for some individuals to remain in their homes.

In the last round of property assessments, many individuals reported property tax increases of 25 percent. Some mistakenly attribute property tax increases to the increase in the price of homes. But this is not the way things should work.

Source: Ben Binder: Who pays for ‘affordable housing’? – Boulder Daily Camera

Developers Aren’t Going to Solve the Housing Crisis in San Francisco

The authors deconstruct and refute supply-side myths about how to create affordable housing in San Francisco – or any city – and propose some new approaches to affordable housing.

Source: Developers Aren’t Going to Solve the Housing Crisis in San Francisco

Articles posted to City Council Hotline by Mary Young

Sender: Young, Mary

Dear Colleagues and hotline subscribers,

Here are more articles that are worth taking the time to read. Some, like the one Matt posted recently, have previously been shared on the hotline.

Happy summer reading!

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/04/business/how-anti-growth-sentiment-reflected-in-zoning-laws-thwarts-equality.html?emc=edit_th_20160704&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=65613619&_r=0

http://www.citylab.com/housing/2015/10/affordable-housing-is-a-moral-choice-and-the-numbers-prove-it/411235/

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/26656-developers-aren-t-going-to-solve-the-housing-crisis-in-san-francisco-the-definitive-response-to-supply-side-solutionists

http://48hills.org/2016/03/29/city-planners-treat-us-like-infants/

http://www.planetizen.com/node/86508/has-portland-lost-its-way

http://www.newgeography.com/content/002046-why-duany-wrong-about-importance-public-participation

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/05/opinion/who-gets-the-subsidized-apartments.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=0

Regards,

Mary Dolores Young
Mayor Pro Tem
Boulder City Council