Talking Headways Podcast: It Costs More to Drive Til You Qualify

The topic this week is housing affordability and transit, with guests Shima Hamidi, Reid Ewing, and John Renne. They discuss their recent paper in the journal Housing Policy Debate, “How Affordable is HUD Affordable Housing?” As it turns out, a lot of HUD rental assistance is spent in areas with high transportation costs. We talk about the impetus for the study and how they designed it.

So where should people live to keep their household transportation costs affordable? We explore that question and more, previewing upcoming research on transit-oriented parking standards, commercial rents near transit during the last recession, and tech innovation’s relationship to urban form.

  • Ryan Wozniak

    I agree that the H+T affordability metric is important, but what about disparate impact decisions made by the courts? If there becomes more concentrated investments of government subsidies for housing affordability in certain areas in the interest of H+T affordability, will that not be potentially too concentrated?

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