Fixing the housing problem:  leave the state out of it.

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

On these pages recently, Joe Matthews penned an essay advocating more state intervention in local housing markets.  Matthews should be forgiven for endorsing such an absurd proposition.  After all, it’s true that in California, as Matthews writes, housing approvals are left up to locals, who regularly play havoc with their land-use and permitting power. Local […]

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Why Can’t Adults Agree to Change a Corrupt System for Approving New Housing?

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Last year, Brown proposed $400 million for housing projects in return for lawmakers loosening certain development restrictions. Talks stalled, and Brown’s budget revision this year includes no funding for the deal. “What’s changed is that we were unable to get the reforms that were the condition of spending the money.” Asked if he thought those […]

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Crowding Out the Housing Agenda

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Housing expert and friend Carol Galante has drunk the Kool-Aid. She’s bought into the theory that things other than California’s profound undersupply of housing should determine state policy. In this case, of course, it’s environmental policy. Galante is a housing pro. For a long time, she worked under housing guru Donald Terner at the now-famous […]

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Redevelopment:  Pathway to a California Housing Renaissance?

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

On these pages I have consistently advocated for limited government interference when it comes to building the housing California desperately needs.  After all, housing markets function best when left alone to the private sector and the proper signals are left free to be sent – to builders and to consumers. Rewards go to the developer […]

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Rent Control’s Dirty Little Secrets

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

The debate over rent control has been predictable.  On one side, lower-income activists (proponents) argue it’s the only counter to soaring, increasing, unaffordable rents.  They insist on arbitrary caps on rents, regardless of the consequences.  On the other side, housing providers (opponents) assert damage to their bottom line and their diminished ability to offer adequate […]

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Capitol Housing Battles Ahead

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

It had to happen.  California is suffering through one of its worst housing crises and all the while the state legislature is doing nothing to solve the problem.  In fact, based on the numerous pieces of legislation introduced before the curtain went down for such proposals last month, they’re making things worse. Inadequate supply.  By […]

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CEQA – Environmental Protection or Principal Constraint to Housing Production?

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

”The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) has been turned on its head, becoming a full employment act for lawyers and their client neighborhood groups. The result is that CEQA has become not a protector of the environment, but a promoter of sprawl, pushing the housing market away from existing neighborhoods and onto farmland, where the […]

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Local Governments Have the Power to Approve More Housing

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Recently, pundits have suggested – even here on these pages – that but for the absence state involvement, California wouldn’t be suffering its worst housing crisis ever.  One pro-industry advocacy group in particular has been touting its “solutions”, joining with the same crowd that’s advocated for tougher rent control, affordable housing mandates on new construction […]

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Suburbs Still the Choice for Housing Consumers

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Let me hear it again.  What’s wrong with the suburbs?  Nothing, says the latest report of the Urban Land Institute (ULI).  While urban centers are experiencing a revival, suburban areas are thriving, too, according to the recently published report, Evolving U.S. Suburbs Continue to Shape Residential Demand and Development.   Indeed, the white-picket fence enclosing a large […]

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State Money Count Will Likely Doom Redevelopment, Housing Revival

Timothy L. Coyle
Consultant specializing in housing issues

Leave it to government to convolute and stupefy something as simple as basic arithmetic.  Yet, stupefying is how a reasonable person could describe a system that’s been used by Sacramento for years to account for the ebb and flow of state revenues into and out of the state treasury.  Indeed, this “new math” has led […]

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