How To Solve D.C.'s Housing Affordability Crisis - with Yesim Taylor

In episode 7 of the Market Urbanism podcast, we take several listener call-in and write-in questions about gentrification and economic development. Then we interview Yesim Taylor, executive director of the DC Policy Center, on the housing affordability problem in D.C., and how to solve it.

1:22 Scott Beyer starts editorial about housing affordability and displacement

3:17 Martha Ekdahl talks about the housing scarcity that existed in Oakland back when she lived there

5:05 Antonio Grana explains how lack of affordability drives many families to the suburbs

7:21 Sergio Rodrigues describes the gentrification pressures in his home neighborhood of the Ironbound District, Newark

9:02 call-in question from Lisa Nicolette of Pittsburgh, who asks about the best place in America to start a business

12:04 call in question from Jason Richard Lopata of L.A., who asks if there were any silver linings to post-war urban renewal

19:01 at start of interview, Beyer asks Yesim Taylor about the cause of the high home prices in D.C.

Demand for housing is simply growing faster than the supply of housing. When you look at the District of Columbia, if you were to look at the types of housing, this looks like a suburban place. The vast majority of the units are in single-family buildings. So it does not really look like a city.

26:45 Taylor describes the coded language NIMBYs use to describe who they don't want in their neighborhood

28:06 Grana asks Taylor about the mismatch between the type of housing available in DC (single-family) versus what people there actually want

31:29 write-in question from Sarah Weber of D.C. asks Taylor what the plan is for building housing that is affordable to people making <$65,000

33:26 call-in question from Kipp Chapin of D.C asks Taylor how city can reform its PUD and CBA programs

35:52 Rodrigues asks Taylor how more housing can get built in wealthy areas

40:56 hosts respond to Yesim Taylor interview