Category: Bertolt Brecht

Housing policy’s original sin: Part 5, Surely die

23 September, 2015 (10:00) | Airbnb, Apartments, Berlin, Bertolt Brecht, Germany, Government, Homeownership, Housing, Markets, Merkel, Rent control, Rental, Theory, Urbanization, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.] By: David A. Smith The preceding four parts have established that Berlin’s rent control, enacted in relative haste and with what seemed inn the plain words to be ultimately reasonable, will over the years following gradually tighten its grip even […]

Housing policy’s original sin: Part 4, Thou shalt

22 September, 2015 (10:00) | Airbnb, Apartments, Berlin, Bertolt Brecht, Germany, Government, Homeownership, Housing, Markets, Merkel, Rent control, Rental, Theory, Urbanization, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.] By: David A. Smith So far in this post we have established that, if Berlin rent control follows the precedents (Cairo, Cambridge, London, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco), then: 1.     Regulations will blossom and propagate. 2.     Regulations will tighten. 3.     Caps (e.g. […]

Housing policy’s original sin: Part 3, In the day that thou eatest thereof

21 September, 2015 (10:00) | Airbnb, Apartments, Berlin, Bertolt Brecht, Germany, Government, Homeownership, Housing, Markets, Merkel, Rent control, Rental, Theory, Urbanization, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As we saw in the two preceding parts of this post, the enabling of rent control in Germany, and its adoption in Berlin last June, were the political culmination of inevitable economic consequences (the rapid rise in German property values and […]