If there’s one thing I hope we learned over the last ten years, it’s the fact that we need to rethink how we feel about housing. The structures that shelter us have become little more than symbols of wealth for some, and symbols of desperation for others. The mortgages that were once a source of pride for our parents and grandparents have become a commodity to be bundled and traded by unscrupulous bankers and brokers, a slap in the face of the American Dream.
Has that dream faded? Or was it never a shared, collective dream in the first place?
Homeownership has always been at the head of the class when talking about housing — it’s been something dangled in the faces of the poor, manipulated by those who control the markets. While I agree that for some, owning a home is an admirable and achievable goal — what about those who don’t want that slice of the pie? And what about those for whom that slice of the pie is simply not a realistic goal?
Creating safe and affordable rental housing has to be a priority of our government, and a larger part of the housing conversation. Tax incentives to create and preserve housing for the middle class is a good way to start — what are your thoughts and ideas?