In many Liberal cities throughout the country, building and preserving affordable housing is a major priority. Take New York City for example where Progressive Mayor Bill de Blasio has promised to build and preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing over the next ten years.
Is it possible, however, that these political leaders and the view of the voters in their particular areas are adding to the affordable housing crisis in their own cities, rather than curing it? Housing experts seem to think so, with surveys showing that the more Liberal cities throughout the country, such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and even New York City, are having more trouble keeping their cities affordable than Conservative cities. The survey, which compares 32 Republican cities to 28 liberal cities (based off of results in the last Presidential Election in 2012), shows consistent matches in decline and recovery during the recession, but shows that affordability remains a bigger issue in the Liberal cities.
As we have said before, the important thing to note is that affordable housing is an issue throughout the entire country and in major cities internationally, not just in New York City. Progressives such as Mayor de Blasio lead residents to believe that housing affordability is only an issue in New York City and for a variety of reasons. In fact, however, affordability is at its lowest in San Francisco, according to these recent studies.
This does not necessarily mean that Liberal Democrats are the reason behind expensive housing. However, these studies have shown that because these liberal cities are less affordable, have lower homeownership, and have greater income inequality, greater regulation, political leaders in Democratic-leaning and Republican-leaning cities are evidently pushing for different policies.