Why New Housing Construction in the U.S. is So Controversial
Despite the mainstream disdain for new construction, Vox explains the research suggesting these so-called “phony” apartment buildings popping across the United States can actually fight displacement.
While the similar look of these new buildings may not be aesthetically pleasing, construction of 5-over-1 units is the cheapest and easiest way to build, which is crucial given the U.S. housing shortage. Growing research suggests that adding market-rate units to neighborhoods, including strictly affordable units, actually decreases gentrification.
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