“Lack of housing” is a misnomer. It’s broad and general without considering the whole picture.
It’s the price of housing. And this is just a result of supply falling so short of demand that prices can only rise to maintain economic equalibrium.
People who throw the “lack of housing” phrase in are considering housing a civil right and looking to government to provide for them. And, while I would concur that an ever expanding human population requires more housing, I take issue with the concept of the assumption of a right for anyone to live anywhere they chose and make demands to do so.
Personally, I’d like to live in Aspen…or locally, in Orinda. But, I can’t really afford either place despite having personal wealth that puts me in the top 5% of the nation according to polls I’ve seen. Well, I could afford it but only if I’m willing to dedicate an even larger portion of my savings and/or income to buying a house in either place.
I just returned from vacation in Pismo. Would love to live down there, with an ocean view. But, no dice either!
Where is it written that everyone gets to live in whatever locale they want? That’s the problem with the underlying approach of articles such as this and the public attitudes about housing these days.