Let’s Make a Deal? What if the City Wanted to Negotiate on MIZ?

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What if the City decides to listen to us and invites us to talk about the Mayor’s proposed Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning (MIZ) proposal? What principles should we take if we’re asked to negotiate or compromise on the proposal? How do we ensure that whatever emerges from the political process doesn’t do long lasting damage to […]

HALA Recommendations: Stop Death by 1000 Processes!

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There is a lot of talk about supporting what people point to and call “HALA,” which is supposed to be shorthand for the recommendations of the Mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda Committee. Unfortunately, often what “I support HALA” means is Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning (MIZ), the inflationary scheme that will add costs, reduce rent revenues, […]

TIFsplainer: Can We Use TIF to Build Housing on City Owned Land?

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This post was written very quickly and mostly from memory. If you google my name and Tax Increment Financing, you’ll find a ton of stuff about many different aspects of this. But I wanted to get this all out even with some imperfections to get the conversation going. I’d suggest that along side this post […]