Pop-up Housing

An interesting article on Atlantic Cities — er, “Citylab” — about the DC Office of Planning trying to eliminate “pop-up housing”. I hadn’t heard the term before, but the photo at the top of the article is illuminating.

It’s fascinating to watch people try and cheat the laws of supply and demand, and always fail. If you continue to keep people from building housing in a high demand area, you know what you get? San Francisco. Have fun trying to run a city when nobody making the median salary can actually afford to live there.

12 Responses to “Pop-up Housing”

  1. Pitt says:

    The Invisible Hand would like to extend its middle finger to the government.

  2. Adam says:

    Maybe they are just trying to lower violent crimes by pricing out the riff raff.

  3. BrianN says:

    It looks like the street is giving me the finger.

  4. Pitt says:

    Actually, I imagine it’s pretty easy to run a city populated entirely with upper middle class or wealthier people. The police blotter probably reads like something out of Mayberry R.F.D.

  5. matt says:

    I’m sure that the police blotter is sparse — but it’s got to be tough to get people to cut hair, clean office buildings, flip burgers, stock shelves, or do any other low-wage work when they can’t afford to live there. Who wants a two-hour commute to work at Burger King?

  6. Pitt says:

    I’ve always wondered where the low-wage workers come from in ritzy areas. I always assumed they were teenagers of wealthy parents who wanted them to get a job so they’d get the heck out of their house and keep them occupied.

  7. Pitt says:

    Of course, now that we have all these lovely zoning laws and building codes and HOAs no one can build anything that’s interesting or non-conformist. Just throw up a bunch of 2200 square foot mod homes on 1/4 acre, give everyone 2 trees in front and a white picket fence. Heaven!

  8. BrianN says:

    having lived in a few partially (but not that) gentrified areas, I can give you some indication. Low wage earners either have family homes they’ve owned for generations (my neightbors are on generation 4 or 5), or commute, just like most people.

    I’m dissapointed the spite houses didn’t list the guy who wouldn’t sell his house on Gibbs st. to George Eastman. Eastman theater had a giant piece “missing” until around 200X. It was a parking lot for many decades after the guy died.

  9. BrianN says:

    I should also add 20 somethings living 3 or 4 to an apartment.

  10. BrianN says:

    Then you have extravegantly wealthy area. We take our kid to piano lessons in Belmont (one home to Mitt). Trust me, there are no McDonalds.

  11. BrianN says:

    Then you have extravegantly wealthy area. We take our kid to piano lessons in Belmont (once home to Mitt Romney). Trust me, there are no McDonalds. Everytime we try to get lunch we are nearly bankrupt, though we did find a Breuggers.

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