Another view on the plea for affordable housing

The latest in a series of posts on the Southside

Bud Hackett is a Bethlehem resident who raised 4 kids in the City. He recently became very interested in quality of life issues in the city and hopes to offer a balance to the approach City Council is taking.

ref: “A plea for affordable housing”

Gadfly:

  • Yes, we all want free or reduced price stuff, including food, housing and medical care. Where is my application for a reduced price new car? I’ve never had a new car.
  • The single most important factor in the increased cost of housing is government regulations.
  • Just whining about “we want better priced housing” is — just naïve.
  • Another significant factor in housing cost is the unprecedented influx of new people coming to this community from NY & NJ – pushing the price of housing up. Is that in the best interest of our community?

Is your approach another income transfer from higher income to lower income? Is that really fair?

Bud

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One thought on “Another view on the plea for affordable housing

  1. A few thoughts on this post:

    • I wasn’t quite sure what the first bullet means — is he saying that lower-cost things are bad or that anything ‘affordable’ has to be subsidized? (I would think another option would be for owners to stop charging excessive rents.)

    • I disagree with his contention that the most important factor in the increased cost of housing has anything to do with ‘government regulations’ — unless he means building codes to make buildings safer.

    • I didn’t hear anyone ‘whining’, just making known their perfectly reasonable thoughts on the effects overpriced student housing has on the community.

    • There may be something to the final bullet point, but the proposed zoning amendment is not about people moving in from NJ & NY driving housing costs up — it’s about absentee landlords looking to make extortionate returns on off-campus housing and the way this drives costs up for everyone in the community..

    His final point is somewhat valid, but he should also have noted that the vast majority of transfers in recent decades has been from the middle class and poor to the already-wealthy. That being said, it is certainly true that reducing options for these excessive rents would slow that upward transfer.

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