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10 points to keep in mind about housing affordability in California

10 points to keep in mind about housing affordability in California

Many politicians and activists push simplistic solutions when it comes to California’s housing woes. Some promote subsidies; others density. Some sell infill as the solution; others blame everything on the state’s byzantine laws. Maybe I'm getting old, or maybe the election of 2016 just reminded me to beware of politicians appealing to the masses with buzzwords. We live in a complex world, and remedies for complex problems such as housing are complex.

Nuance and straight talk will help us solve this crisis. With that in mind, I crafted these 10 points to inform the debate.

1. Subsidies for affordable housing average around $357,000 per unit. Do the math — that’s unsustainable....

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