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Rethinking our Way Out of the Affordable Housing Crisis

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Streetview of apartment housing with a biker riding past.
The Del Monte warehouse is under construction to become an apartment building in Alameda on Jan. 12, 2023. (Beth LaBerge/KQED)

The astronomical price of housing is the root source of so many of the Bay Area’s most pressing problems and bitter battles. A problem so big begs for big ideas. In this show we explore a couple of novel approaches to spur the creation of affordable housing by fundamentally changing the way we think of land and property ownership. We’ll talk about the new popularity of an old idea – taxing the value of land instead of the property on it – and about the growing community land trust movement.

Guests:

Noni Session, co-founder and executive director, East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative

Lars Doucet, author, "Land Is a Big Deal: Why Rent Is Too High, Wages Too Low, and What We Can Do about It"

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