The Orange County Register : Housing delayed is housing denied

September 17, 2021 | By BRIAN HODGES

This summer the Biden administration released a report that came to the same conclusion every administration since President Reagan’s has reached: restrictive land-use regulation is one of the primary causes of the housing crisis. Across the country, too few homes are being built, and those that are built are often too expensive for the avera ...


Still no place to live : The local barriers to the accessory dwelling unit revolution

July 29, 2021 | By BRIAN HODGES

ADUs are small homes located on the same lot as an existing single- or multi-family home, such as a garage apartment, a basement unit, or a backyard cottage. While ADUs can’t solve the country’s housing crisis, they are an important piece of a property rights and free market-based solution.   … ...


The Chicago Tribune : Coach houses expand Chicago’s housing availability. The city should fully embrace them.

July 19, 2021 | By BRIAN HODGES

It’s not often that Chicago’s City Council passes a housing law that can benefit nearly every Chicagoan. But the city did exactly that when it took its first—albeit tepid—step toward lifting its half-century ban on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s), or as they’re more commonly known, coach houses or granny flats. In Decem ...


The Hill : To solve DC’s housing crisis, we need more than planning — we need to rethink zoning

May 24, 2021 | By BRIAN HODGES

With the D.C. Council set to vote on its massive update to the comprehensive plan in the coming months, it’s high time that we ask the hard question whether we are using the right tools to address equity and affordability in housing. The problem isn’t that zoning doesn’t work. It’s that zoning works all too … ...


Strengthening property rights will improve affordable housing in America’s cities

July 22, 2020 | By BRIAN HODGES

Our nation is in the midst of a severe and ever-worsening housing crisis. For decades, we have seen far too few homes being built. And those homes that are built are often too expensive—particularly in major urban centers, where poor and middle-class families increasingly find themselves priced out of homes and apartments located near the … ...


The Hill : Local governments are undermining state laws that encourage ‘granny flats’

June 22, 2020 | By BRIAN HODGES

It’s well known that California is in the midst of a housing crisis that grows more severe all the time. For decades, we have seen too few homes built, and those that are built are too expensive. The poor and middle class suffer the most from the housing shortage, increasingly finding themselves priced out of … ...


The Orange County Register : COVID-19 has exposed the extent of the affordable housing crisis. Here’s how to start fixing it.

May 12, 2020 | By BRIAN HODGES

We are at an intersection of two critical crises: health and housing. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted that, now more than ever, having a safe home is a basic human need. But needlessly restrictive land-use policies have left our communities with too few homes that are too expensive. That crisis that has been deepening for … ...


Seattle can’t ignore the state constitution for a ‘wealth tax’

August 07, 2019 | By BRIAN HODGES

In many respects, Washington is a good place to live. It’s one of the few states in the nation where residents pay zero state income tax, and the state constitution boasts strong protections for taxpayers. But even constitutional protections haven’t stopped Seattle politicians’ seemingly incessant tax grabs. In 2017, Seattle tried ...


PLF asks the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit Penn Central

December 05, 2018 | By BRIAN HODGES

Forty years ago, in Penn Central Transp.  Co. v. City of New York (1978), the U.S. Supreme Court explained that regulatory takings cases are “essentially ad hoc, factual inquiries” wherein courts are instructed to consider a number of case specific factors, including “the economic impact of the regulation on the claimant;” ...