The Rent Is Too Damn High: What To Do About It, And Why It Matters More Than You Think

The Rent Is Too Damn High: What To Do About It, And Why It Matters More Than You Think

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by Matthew Yglesias
     
 

From prominent political thinker and widely followed Slate columnist, a polemic on high rents and housing costs—and how these costs are hollowing out communities, thwarting economic development, and rendering personal success and fulfillment increasingly difficult to achieve.

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From prominent political thinker and widely followed Slate columnist, a polemic on high rents and housing costs—and how these costs are hollowing out communities, thwarting economic development, and rendering personal success and fulfillment increasingly difficult to achieve.

Rent is an issue that affects nearly everyone. High rent is a problem for all of us, extending beyond personal financial strain. High rent drags on our country’s overall rate of economic growth, damages the environment, and promotes long commutes, traffic jams, misery, and smog. Yet instead of a serious focus on the issue, America’s cities feature niche conversations about the availability of “affordable housing” for poor people. Yglesias’s book changes the conversation for the first time, presenting newfound context for the issue and real-time, practical solutions for the problem.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451663297
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
03/06/2012
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
791,045
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Matthew Yglesias is a columnist for Slate.com, writing regularly for that site’s “Moneybox” feature. He is a former fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, and holds a BA in Philosophy from Harvard University. His first book, Heads in the Sand, was published in May 2008 by Wiley. Matt has previously worked as an Associate Editor at The Atlantic, a Staff Writer at The American Prospect, and an Associate Editor at Talking Points Memo. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Monthly, and other publications. Matthew has appeared on Fox News and MSNBC, and been a guest on many radio shows.
MATTHEW YGLESIAS is a columnist for Slate, writing regularly for that site's "Moneybox" feature. He is a former fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, and holds a BA in Philosophy from Harvard University. His first book, Heads in the Sand, was published in May 2008 by Wiley. Matt has previously worked as an Associate Editor at The Atlantic, a Staff Writer at The American Prospect, and an Associate Editor at Talking Points Memo. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Monthly, and other publications. Matthew has appeared on Fox News and MSNBC, and been a guest on many radio shows.

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The Rent Is Too Damn High: What To Do About It, And Why It Matters More Than You Think 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
holden_ More than 1 year ago
I'm halfway through it at this point, and so far I love it. Outside of the subject (which is broader than you think -- an awful lot of social problems are impacted by housing problems) the format is compelling. One reviewer on Amazon mentioned (disparagingly) there's no visit to these cities to get a "feel". Yes, exactly! Yglesias is an anti-Gladwell in an age that needs anti-Gladwells. He's thrown away the cruft that plagues so many popular semi-academic works today. There's no chapters in this book that start with "As I land in Phoenix, I notice the blah-de-blah". There's no ruminations on Applebee's or the personality of random bed and breakfast hosts. There's no drawn out stories on how researcher X spent a childhood collecting butterflies until a tragic canoeing accident struck him blind ("'I remember only the echoed slap on the water', he recalls calmly in his pristine office, 'Then darkness.'") No, no, no. This is a book that takes a big idea, presents it well, cites the relevant research and stats. And then it gets out of the way. I hope it starts a trend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the objective viewpoint and the points being raised.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was incredible. It's a quick read (71 pages), an easy read and -- above all-- an important read. Yglesias masterfully breaks down complex issues into to their most essential components and explains his theories in a compelling and coherent fashion. The too-damn-high rents in areas where people want to live aren't only so damn high because there's so much demand. They're so damn high because anti-density regulations limit the supply. This book compellingly explains why forced suburbanization, anti-density and anti-density policies are bad for everyone. They are under-appreciated reasons that so many Americans don't end up living where they want to live. He calls out liberals and conservatives alike for selling out their own principles (neither of which should logically oppose market-driven density) in the interest of identity politics. This book should be required reading for every mayor, city councilor, state legislator, governor, and congressperson in America. And the rest of us should read it too.
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