Rent Control is a curse of the Administrative State. @RichardAEpstein @HooverInst.

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Photo:English: Photograph of Radio Row, looking east along Cortlandt Street towards Greenwhich Street,[1] by Berenice Abbott (1898-1991) from her "Changing New York" Works Progress Administration/ Federal Art Project.

Digital ID: 482561. Abbott, Berenice -- Photographer. April 08, 1936

Notes: Code: III.B.1. Men window shop in store selling radios, elevated railroad station, Ninth Avenue line, right center, subway entrance visible.

Source: Changing New York / Berenice Abbott.

Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.

Date 1936



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The current housing crunch in New York, and in other cities like San Francisco, is attributable to a complex set of regulations. Under the modern administrative law system, private property rights are of little consequence when a developer is trying to build. What matters ultimately is that all of the relevant “stakeholders” have a right to participate in an endless negotiation process before anything gets accomplished. The de facto presumption is against changes in both new and existing housing markets. The building permit is the unit of political currency, and each requires enormous inside connections, patience, and luck to obtain. It can take developers many years to obtain their precious permits, if they get them at all…