‘Do We Need Affordable Housing’ Is the Wrong Question to Ask


How we can help elected officials promote genuine community by ensuring inclusive, mixed-income housing.

It was only after years as a fair and affordable housing advocate that I realized “do we need affordable housing?” is the wrong question to ask. It obfuscates the deeper, broader issue, which is about government’s role as a caretaker for all its people—what Michael Ignatieff, in The Needs of Strangers, calls “a shared language of the good.”

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