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RE: Survey finds strong support for affordable housing development among Brookline residents

June 17, 2024
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Strutting and fretting, MassINC fabricates “an affordability crisis” from this ingot: “It is getting harder to afford to live in Brookline.” It refers to “respondents” as “residents,” a sleight of noun dissembling a referendum. At the altar of equity, Brookline for Racial Justice and Equity execrates racism, the architect of outcomes, relieved to have a nemesis: unaffordability. The savior incarnates affordable housing. Steve Koczela, president of the MassINC Polling Group, renounces impartiality and adulates the loftiness of Brookline’s devotion. The curtain falls as Brookline’s giddy apostles kiss the ring of rent control.

Brookline is expensive, trending up. If your income is under $150,000, pennies have pinch trauma. Old news. Metropolitan housing grows less affordable nationwide. The scale of subsidies or construction to cure it in Brookline towers over taxability and practicality. Rent control helps everyone but owners of property and renters. It alienates investment, incubates dilapidation, and encourages cheating. Besides, other costs ravage affordability: taxes, gas, parking (wickedness flowers when on-street parking prospers), food. Why limit an elixir of price controls to rent?

Eighty percent of Americans can’t afford Brookline. Not everyone can live anywhere they want. Rent control is grotesque. Dense construction is doable but concomitants of affordability are fantasy. Polls are not plebiscites. Markets outwit polls. The commedia isn’t finished.

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