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July 29, 2021

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

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.   ...

July 29, 2021

Texas Bureaucrats Cannot Reclassify Private Properties as Public Beach

Private property rights are one of America's core founding principles. As John Adams astutely noted, "Property must be secured, or liberty cannot exist." But even in states that pride themselves for upholding such principles, private property rights are often challenged by bureaucrats. The Texas General Land Office (GLO) recently has threatened the ...

July 26, 2021

The Hill: COVID-19 eviction bans expose deeper hostility toward property ownership

What would you think if the government dictated that you won't be paid for more than a year but you must keep working? As unlikely as you might consider such a scenario, this hypothetical is Howard Iten's reality. Iten, a commercial landlord in Los Angeles, is under Los Angeles County's pandemic-driven mandate to continue running ...

July 19, 2021

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

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 December last year, the ...

July 15, 2021

PLF Victories Give Rise to New PLF Victories

In 1922, the Supreme Court relied on the doctrine of regulatory takings to rule that an excessive coal mining regulation violated the constitutional rights of the coal owner. This was a big win for property rights and should have had long-lasting implications. But, unfortunately, the idea that a regulatory taking violated the Constitution went into ...

July 08, 2021

The solution to high home prices: Build, baby, build.

The more something is regulated, the less there is of it. The more government edicts are directed at stopping something, the more desirable that thing becomes. And the more we restrict the supply of something that people desperately need and want, the more it costs. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the median price ...

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