There’s an Easy Fix That Would Solve Our Housing Crisis: Light Touch Density

In a recent Op-Ed appearing in Newsweek, Edward J Pinto — Senior Fellow and Codirector of  the AEI Housing Center — makes the case for Light Touch Density as an easy fix that would solve our Housing crisis.

We’re living through one of the greatest housing crunches the U.S. has ever known. It’s resulted in record numbers of homelessness and entire generations certain they will never become homeowners, that critical milestone of the middle class. But there is a simple solution to the problem. The answer to our housing crisis is to legalize duplexes, triplexes, and other forms of light-touch density (LTD) housing, allowing the market to build more affordable housing options for more Americans.

A Simple Solution

The reason this is the solution to our housing crisis is simple: It increases the supply of housing for middle-income households, when what we have now is the opposite—long-standing exclusionary zoning laws that limit most areas of the nation to single-family detached homes, banning LTD homes.

LTD housing can take many forms: duplexes, triplexes, quads through eight-plexes, townhouses, cottage courts, accessory dwelling units, and other similar structure types. By allowing more units on a single parcel of land, LTD is both naturally affordable and naturally inclusionary, creating upward mobility naturally through a more accessible housing market. All it takes is repealing the laws that ban it.

You can read the entire article here

Ed Pinto is a frequent contributor to The Data Advocate and to AEI, the American Enterprise Institute

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