April 21, 2018
Can we talk about the vast changes in how what we allow as acceptable housing has impacted housing affordability- especially in high demand areas?
We have to reform not only zoning, but all the building and health codes to allow much more density and flexibility.
In spite of the hype- and apparently huge market – really small micro apartments are very rare.
Of course, required parking is insane- but other costs need to be examined.
Does every new building need a sprinkler system- including small ones?
The ADA – oops we can’t talk about the cost impact.
Should it really be illegal to share bathrooms in very low income dwellings? Kitchens should certainly be able to be shared.
Why are SROs still mostly illegal? What about other forms of short term rentals. “Transients” are people too.
Of course, many folks could add a bedroom or two in their attic or create a granny flat over their garage if it was allowed.
At some point- the general public accepted spacious “middle class” housing as the only acceptable type.
This creates a huge problem in really high demand locations.
The whole thing is a scam – since we all know people are crowding and living informally in these conditions anyway. Los Angeles has one of the most overcrowded housing stocks in the country.
[This article originally appeared as a post on the MUR Facebook group.]
Market Urbanism is the cross between free-market policies and urban issues. Market Urbanists believe that if cities were liberalized, they would provide cheaper housing, faster transportation, enhanced public services, and a better quality of life.