The Independent Institute in Oakland, California has teamed up with Transaction Publishers to release Housing America: Building Out of a Crisis, a comprehensive free-market approach to the current housing crisis as well as land use, planning, affordability, and finance issues.
This volume should be on any urbanist's bookshelf and includes many academic and policy heavy weights, including Randall G. Holcombe (Florida State), Bejamin Powell (Suffolk University), Robert Nelson (University of Maryland), Lawrence White (New York University), Randal O'Toole (Cato Institute), Ed Stringham (Trinity College), and, of course, yours truly (writing on growth controls and housing affordability).
All the chapters are highly relevant to current times and many directly address the mortgage meltdown and what we need to do get out of the housing depression.
Here is the table of contents:
Table of Contents
- Introduction: Is there a Housing Crisis?
Randall G. Holcombe and Benjamin Powell
- Urban Planning, Housing Affordability, and Land Use
Samuel R. Staley
- The Benefits of Nonzoning
Bernard H. Siegan
- Building Codes, Housing Prices, and the Poor
- Smart Growth and Housing
- Inclusionary Zoning
Benjamin Powell and Edward Stringham
- A Brief Survey of Rent Control in America: Past Mistakes and Future Directions
- The Economics of Government Housing Assistance for the Poor
Joshua C. Hall and Matt Ryan
- Eminent Domain
Randall G. Holcombe
- Arresting Development: Impact Fees in Theory and Practice
Jack Estill, Benjamin Powell, and Edward Stringham
- The Economics of Housing Bubbles
- Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Housing: Good Intentions Gone Awry
Lawrence J. White
- Anatomy of a Train Wreck: Causes of the Mortgage Meltdown
Stan J. Liebowitz
- Urban Planning: The Government or the Market
Fred E. Foldvary
- Private Neighborhood Governance: Trends and New Options in Collective Housing Ownership
Robert H. Nelson