We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The inner-ring suburbs around a major city collectively have a much greater area than the city itself. Hence, even modest reductions in density regulations in these areas--replacing large lots with small ones, single-family homes with townhouses--would have a larger effect on the housing supply than allowing a few more 50-story apartment towers downtown.
Matt points out that housing deregulation would have a number of benefits. High-density living is better for the environment. It promotes a more diverse and efficient service sector. It makes reliable and convenient mass transit feasible. But I think the most important message of Matt's book, and others like Ryan Avent's The Gated City, is that it makes clear that astronomical rents are a result of specific regulatory decisions, not an inevitable malady of urban life.
In my town, within the 128 belt North of Bean-Town, triple deckers are no longer legal to build. If instead of a two-family, you could build a three family, the return for a small landlord would finally beat cost (upkeep, taxes, etc.). Maintaining a two family that you don't live in is a marginal proposition. If you can't maintain a property with a profit, you certainly can't do anything to reduce rent to make it more affordable...
1. Democrats take power.
2. Democrats impoverish a majority of voters.
3. Democrats brainwash voters into believing themselves to be helpless.
4. Democrats magnanimously offer to help in every way imaginable, ostensibly at no cost.
5. Enchanted by the proffered shiny coins and practiced smiles of Democrat politicians, voters re-elected Demos.
6. If money left, go to 4.
9. Blame Republicans.
New cities should be designed with an upper limit on size. An L.A. or NYC sized sprawl is undesirable. Create a city design from scratch and then place a rather large/deep ring around it of public land or famrland with permenant restrictions on development. Pick an optimal size in terms of land area and population and design the city to allow expansion to that goal. Design transportation and utility easements into the original plan with emphasis on functionality and efficiency.