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Growth Limits Harming Affordable Housing Efforts in Oregon

Leonard Gilroy
October 25, 2005, 9:31am

Following up on yesterday's post, another reality check on smart growth and housing affordability comes courtesy of The Register-Guard: So yet again, we see that the laws of supply and demand actually apply in the real world. And for those of us who like to have their cake and eat it too, the reality of trade-offs in life can be stark. But something in the Smart Growth Kool-Aid apparently brings about a state of denial on trade-offs; many advocates hold the paradoxical belief that you can simultaneously limit land supply and increase housing affordability. Here's a good example: Give McDonald credit for at least acknowledging the intellectual contradiction in his position; many in the smart growth movement see no such contradiction. But to recognize it and still continue to avert your eyes from reality is just whistling past the graveyard. For more on SG & housing affordability, see Reason's Urban Growth and Land Use Policy resources.

Leonard Gilroy is Director of Government Reform


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