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The Monthly Interview: A Conversation with Christopher B. Leinberger

If you build it, they won’t come: Urbanist Chris Leinberger argues for harnessing market forces to reduce excessive housing costs. Among liberals, few topics are as hotly debated as gentrification. The issue is often presented in moralistic terms: privileged white people are pushing poor black and Hispanic people out of their neighborhoods. The truth is a little more complicated. Booms in places like New York City and Washington, D.C., have both positive and negative effects—including for the poor. They have revitalized previously dangerous and economically depressed neighborhoods, bringing better jobs, safer streets, and, for homeowners, rising property values. The rapid pace of change and rising rents also raise the danger,… Read More

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