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Scott Beyer

Scott Beyer

June 2, 2020

More Building, Lower Prices: Census Data Makes the YIMBY Case

Early each year, the Census Bureau releases data that is crucial in understanding America’s affordable home shortage. Called the Building Permits Survey, it shows the number of home permits issued by metro area, with 1 permit equaling 1 unit (ergo multifamily buildings account for multiple permits). The 2019 data came out in early February, showing just how much – or little – some metros build relative to their population. My own number crunching reveals how these trends affect their elasticity and affordability. 

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