With a Democrat as President, progressives in both Congress and party will be pushing for a return to public housing as a cure for some of America’s housing woes.
Has public housing in the US truly been a failure? That belief has infected the entire population, including moderate- to right- wing congressional leaders. Even housing activists today pin their hopes on complicated and tottery houses of affordable cards built from a shotgun wedding of public money and private know-how-to-get-it-into-their-pockets. That reflects decades of anti-public housing policies crafted and implemented by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Does it have to be a fantasy that public housing might be successful? A pipe dream that America’s sturdy free enterprise politics could be enhanced rather than hampered by “socialist” approaches to housing?
Imagine a staunchly free enterprise country with business, industry and trade powering its wealth. Imagine living in that country, with a life expectancy among the highest in the world, where 80% of the people live within minutes of a park, and 70% from a train station.
Include, if you will allow it if only for a moment, that 80% live in public housing! And on top of that, an almost miraculous figure: 90% own their own homes!
A impossibly absurd dream? Not at all, if you are prepared to move to Singapore. Chances are they won’t allow you to become a citizen, unfortunately. They guard that privilege jealously.
Which leaves all of us outsiders with no other choice than to develop such a wealthy, socially conscious, socially beneficial, staunchly free-enterprise country where we currently live.