Housing America (The Metropolis and Modern Life)

February 9, 2019 - Comment

In an effort to explain why housing remains among the United States’ most enduring social problems, Housing America explores five of the U.S.’s most fundamental, recurrent issues in housing its population: affordability of housing, homelessness, segregation and discrimination in the housing market, homeownership and home financing, and planning. It describes these issues in detail, why

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In an effort to explain why housing remains among the United States’ most enduring social problems, Housing America explores five of the U.S.’s most fundamental, recurrent issues in housing its population: affordability of housing, homelessness, segregation and discrimination in the housing market, homeownership and home financing, and planning. It describes these issues in detail, why they should be considered problems, the history and fundamental social debates surrounding them, and the past, current, and possible policy solutions to address them. While this book focuses on the major problems we face as a society in housing our population, it is also about the choices we make about what is valued in our society in our attempts to solve them. Housing America is appropriate for courses in urban studies, urban planning, and housing policy.

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Anonymous says:

GREAT BOOK Discusses the issues of the housing market that most are not aware of.Simple and clear while also being quite nuanced.Covers a lot of ground but breaks it up into interrelated chapters that make it understandable

Anonymous says:

I purchased this for my mother. She knows a … I purchased this for my mother. She knows a relative of the author. I know nothing about the book itself

Anonymous says:

Mixed views… I have a very mixed view about this book. On the one hand, the author provides a competent overview of important housing issues in contemporary U.S. I like that the book is organized by housing issues rather than by specific policies. On the other hand, the author does not fully understand several key issues, including the determinants of local housing prices and the legal authority of local governments on land use. Consequently, the recommendations in the concluding chapter can be improved.

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