Owning a Home Is No Goddamn Picnic Either

Hamilton Nolan · 08/05/16 10:20AM

We all know that The Rent is Too Damn High. The affordable housing crisis is largely concerned with renters. In fact, though, homeowners are being screwed by the very same dynamics.

Build Housing Faster, Okay

Hamilton Nolan · 07/18/16 08:50AM

Many areas of America—the areas where lots of people want to live—also have crushing housing shortages. One unorthodox, wild idea seems to be becoming more attractive... build more housing, faster.

San Francisco: Build More Housing, Assholes

Hamilton Nolan · 03/09/16 09:50AM

Another week is here, and with it, another story about the affluent, techie-infested caricature that San Francisco has become. Hey, assholes: step one to surviving this trying time is to build more fucking housing.

Hamilton Nolan · 02/26/16 04:20PM

“A majority of New Yorkers who earn more than $100,000 a year feel they’re likely to be priced out of their neighborhood, according to a new poll.”

Study: Building Luxury Housing for Gentrifiers Helps The Poor

Hamilton Nolan · 02/12/16 12:46PM

Creating enough affordable housing is one of the hardest political and economic challenges in the world. (If you think you know an easy answer, you’re wrong!) Here is a new piece of data that could “add to our understanding,” and make everyone mad.

How Zoning Laws Fuel Economic Segregation

Hamilton Nolan · 01/13/16 02:28PM

Zoning laws, governing how we use our land, are often thought of as mundane drudgery, or as opportunities for civic-minded people to help “Keep Our Neighborhood Beautiful.” In fact, they can also be a powerful driver of inequality.

Bring Back Communes

Hamilton Nolan · 07/02/15 11:20AM

Across America, rents are higher than ever, and they show no sign of slowing their climb. With housing shortages everywhere, owning a home seems like an impossible dream. Or is it?

You Can't Get an Apartment Because Rich People Need Them All 

Hamilton Nolan · 04/22/15 03:50PM

In many cities around the world—New York, San Francisco, London—most people find the rent to be unaffordable. Buying is out of the question. Perhaps that is because your city’s housing stock is now just another fungible financial instrument, like pork bellies.