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This is kind hair-splitting but I'll play along.

In the context of blogs like this one, "affordable housing" is almost always shorthand for government polices such as subsidies and de facto rent control.

It's not hair-splitting, it is about defining the very thing we are discussing.

I disagree with your characterization that these discussions "almost always" turn on subsidies. That's neither here nor there, however. Part of the problem is that the term 'affordable housing' has been construed so broadly as to have little meaning. Are we talking about a subsidy program, or just what the market will bear? What kind of timeframe are we looking at? Etc.

I actually think some of your policy ideas you've thrown out are intriguing and worthy of discussion. It's your charge about cognitive dissonance that I take issue with. It's not that hard to find cognitive dissonance if you use terms and definitions that are so fuzzy as to make dissonance avoidance impossible.

by Alex B. on Dec 10, 2012 11:27 am • linkreport

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