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Episode 183: West Coast Model: On the housing crisis, with Chris Elmendorf.

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Episode 183: West Coast Model (guest Chris Elmendorf)
Why is housing so expensive in major West Coast and northeastern cities? Not just more than you might want to pay, but, often, prohibitively expensive with little sign of new supply in areas people want to live. Chris Elmendorf joins us to explain this problem and the limited effectiveness of two types of solutions, the Northeastern and West Coast models. Drawing on the intergovernmental approach of the Voting Rights Act, Chris argues that a strong state role in reviewing the regulatory activities of local governments, if done in the right way, could be the way forward. And it points to a dramatic rethinking of how land use law should be made and what problems it should try to solve.
This show’s links:
Chris Elmendorf's faculty profile ( and writing (
Christopher Elmendorf, Beyond the Double Veto: Land Use Plans As Preemptive Intergovernmental Contracts (
William Fischel, The Homevoter Hypothesis (
Roderick Hills, Jr. and David Schleicher, Planning an Affordable City (
Robert Ellickson, Suburban Growth Controls: An Economic and Legal Analysis (
About Senate Bill 827 (
Text of Senate Bill 828 (
Special Guest: Chris Elmendorf.

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