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Suburban Renters Flocked to Atlanta During the Pandemic

The city's comparatively affordable rents and low unemployment rate have attracted new residents during a year when many big cities saw their population growth slow.

April 28, 2021 - Urbanize Atlanta


California Lawmakers Seek New Ways to Relieve High Rents

Legislators are trying to chip away at the law that restricts tenant protections around the state.

March 21, 2019 - Los Angeles Times

Tenants' Rights

More States Look to Expand Tenant Protections

Cities and states around the country are reconsidering decades-old bans on rent control.

March 20, 2019 - Governing

Pearl District

Parsing a Portland Rent Check to See Where the Money Goes

A deep dive into what a Portland rent check pays for sheds light on strategies to help lower rising rents.

September 9, 2018 - Sightline Institute

New York City

'Move to Buffalo' Is No Excuse

One common argument against building new housing in high cost cities is that people priced out of those cities can always move somewhere cheaper. This post responds to that claim.

August 5, 2018 - Michael Lewyn

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The Landlord's Case for Stronger Rent Control

A small San Francisco landlord argues for repealing state restrictions on rent control.

January 2, 2018 - San Francisco Chronicle

facades of victorian style residences in San Francisco

Land Prices and New Housing

Some commentators argue that even if cities allow housing supply to expand, more permissive zoning will cause land prices to increase, causing rents to rise rather than fall. This post disagrees.

March 28, 2017 - Michael Lewyn

East Berlin

What Happened When Berlin Tried Rent Control?

Enacted in 2015, Berlin's "Mietpreisbremse" ordinance limits rent increases on some (but not all) apartments. According to this study, results have not been ideal.

December 3, 2016 - City Observatory

High Rise Construction

Supply, Demand, and Housing Prices, Part 2

Rebutting arguments against the law of supply and demand.

October 27, 2015 - Michael Lewyn


Harvard Report: U.S. Housing Recovery Losing Momentum

The State of the Nation's Housing, a closely watched report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, was released to the public today.

June 24, 2015 - Joint Center for Housing Studies

Los Angeles Apartments

Does $15 an Hour Mean Higher Rents?

Los Angeles will raise its minimum wage incrementally to $15 an hour by 2020. But with an inadequate supply of new housing, will this new spending power simply enable landlords to charge more? Some economists say yes.

May 28, 2015 - KPCC

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Interactive Map Shows Wage Requirements for Rent Affordability

A post by Matthew Yglesias for Vox shows how much you would need to earn an hour to be able to afford a median rental property in your city.

December 14, 2014 - Vox

Working Adults More Likely to Live with Roommates

Recent data by Zillow suggests that we might all soon be living like the Golden Girls (original author's joke).

November 5, 2014 - The Billfold

Debate Continued: Supply vs Demand

Jim Russell is again taking to the pulpit to dissent from the popular view that supply problems are causing housing affordability crises in cities like New York and San Francisco.

August 14, 2014 - Pacific Standard

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