10:00 am - 11:30 am
By contributing to a record-shattering decline in housing inventory, the pandemic has exacerbated an already existing affordable housing crisis while further stressing municipal finances. Our current development patterns and parking policies contribute rather than help solve this problem. While multiple studies have shown that affordable access to all of a region’s jobs is the single most effective factor for enabling a person to break the poverty cycle, our current development patterns result in those at the lowest income level spending 40% of their income on transportation while also limiting their ability to access all of a region’s jobs. This system could be explained or even tolerated if the costs of such a system were low, but our development patterns and parking policies are expensive to build and maintain. This session will force us to rethink some of our public investment assumptions to create more housing and better economic mobility across all income levels.
- Marc H. Pfeiffer, Senior Policy Fellow, Assistant Director, Bloustein Local Government Research Center, Rutgers-Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
- Joe Minicozzi, AICP, Principal, Urban3
- Gordon S. Clowers, AICP, Senior Planner, City of Seattle, Washington