Re: Affordable Housing vs Low Income Households
From: rphilipdowds (
Date: Mon, 30 Dec 2019 08:58:46 -0800 (PST)
Coho Friends —

I will say again:  We do NOT have an “affordable housing” problem.  What we 
have is a serious income inequality problem.  Trying to create affordable 
housing by cheapening the product — and cheapening it within the paradigm of 
the stand-alone single family dwelling — simply leads us further into the dead 
ends of the unsatisfactory (“mobile” homes) and the absurd (tiny houses).  If 
we combined more multi-family zoning with the progressive tax structure that 
served America so well in the ’50’s and ’60’s, the affordable housing problem 
would pretty much solve itself.

But that still leaves climate change on the table ...

Philip Dowds
Cornerstone Cohousing
Cambridge, MA
On Dec 30, 2019, 8:51 AM -0500, Alan O'Hashi via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at]>, wrote:
> Seems to me, the tiny houses in villages or mobile homes in parks aren't 
> appropriate appraisal comparables. I doubt either would be integrated with 
> single family detached or attached dwellings. Even if they are colocated in 
> the same zoning district, I don't think a homeowner paying off a $300K 
> mortgage has any risk of going underwater by having their property values 
> lowered by incomparable housing units.
> Thx,
> Alan O.
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