Here’s one reason we have a housing shortage: New development creates diffuse benefits, but has concentrated costs. Local control over land use ensures we’ll undercount the benefits.
“We should use these big opportunities to do big things.” The redevelopment of the Hillcrest site on St. Paul’s East Side is a unique opportunity to build homes, create jobs, and connect the neighborhood.
Housing costs in resort communities force workers to live in vans, high gas prices can decrease urban sprawl and the pro-life Texas governor wants to kill road diets.
Market-rate housing has benefits, but they aren’t distributed evenly. That creates both an economic and political problems for new development.
Next Wednesday, the St. Paul City Council will hear first readings of changes to several of its housing policies that, if enacted, promise to expand the housing supply by making it more feasible to build “tiny homes” and cluster developments in the city. These changes are coming forward as part of Phase 1 of the […]
In a Dec 5, 2021 story, the Star Tribune poorly represented data from the Minneapolis Fed about property ownership in the twin cities area. This article shows how the data for that article were not handled in a reliable way.
The landmark rent stabilization initiative that St. Paul voters passed in November has landlords worried about investments, tenants concerned about rent hikes prior to full implementation May 1, and the city scrambling to put a process in place.
With St. Paul having recently announced plans to once again tinker with its Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) ordinance, it seemed like an apt time to try to figure out just how many people have taken advantage of the citywide ADU ordinance passed in late 2018, and to see just what they’ve been building. So, on a recent beautiful Saturday, I set off on my bike in search of the 12 ADUs that have been permitted and built in St. Paul under the rules set in 2018.
“This year, St. Paul residents have the chance to support a ballot measure initiated, researched and led by communities of color, a policy that would fundamentally shift the unbalanced relationship between landlords and tenants.”
A lot of noise has been made about a controversial rent stabilization proposal that St. Paul residents will find on their ballots on the November 2nd election this year. Due to a 1984 state law, the ordinance had to be passed through a referendum, creating a lot of confusion about the proposal’s details, its effects, […]