[quoted]”Home demolitions have altered residential neighborhoods across King County, as small bungalows are replaced by large, boxlike houses that on average cost about three times as much.”[/quoted]
It’s good to have a systematic confirmation of the phenomenon that we feel anecdotally: These houses are huge, intrusive, and ugly, and they’re built for the most venal of commercial motives. This is housing policy? Even if you accept Dan Bertolet’s offensive argument that building housing for the rich somehow benefits the poor, do we want to pay for affordable housing by destroying our neighborhoods? Is there not some better way?