Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
"Housing Markets Should Be More Like Supermarkets"  argues for "liberalizing development regulations" in order to promote housing affordability, but doesn't suggest any means for accomplishing this – and doesn't even seem to recognize that there are reasons why the regulations came to be the way they are.

The author correctly sees elitist zoning ordinances as a large part of the problem of housing unaffordability but fails to note the systemic problem of how the elite are incentivized to create exclusionary zoning rules by the simple fact that it is legal to buy and sell land and livable building space – considering only ability to pay while completely ignoring need, and prioritizing private profit over community sustainability – thus creating runaway price-feedback loops in wealth-creating high-density areas and driving housing out of reach an ever-expanding lower economic tier of humanity.

If housing markets had delivered what the free-marketists are always promising – a reasonably equitable allocation of resources without the concentration of power implied by the obvious alternative – then it would represent the effective coexistence of those two priorities.

Unfortunately, it has become quite clear that housing markets are absolutely abysmal at allocating resources fairly -- and allowing people to own homes and other buildings when there are other people who need to use them but are not (under a capitalist housing ownership system) allowed to do so is basically saying that we prioritize wealth-concentration over basic human needs...

...which of course is right-wing philosophy in a nutshell: it's a dog-eat-dog world; if you're not succeeding it must be your fault and you need to try harder and be more competitive; helping people who are doing poorly is bad for the species -- totally forgetting that this attitude can only survive by preying on the wealth created by millennia of civilization that proves the exact opposite: We only thrive because we help each other.

The idea of buying and selling housing has had its chance, and we've seen where it leads.

Photo: it should be noted that supermarkets thrive in large part because of food safety regulations, business regulations, financial regulations, and other legal measures that make it reasonably safe to walk into a store you've never heard of, buy some food, and eat it.
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In many areas of modern life, the market provides a cornucopia of choices to accommodate people’s diverse needs, wants, and tastes: just visit a supermarket to see this. When it comes to housing options, though, the reality is starkly different.

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Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
@emsenn@tenforward.social @Hypolite Petovan “your house is unsafe > live in the street > you['re] not allowed to build a structure > go to jail > live in a structure that’s uncomfortable and costs tax payers much more then it would to build you a fucking house” this system is great!
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Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  last edited: Wed, 11 Jul 2018 19:44:04 -0400  
I'm seriously considering hosting Amber, a 23yo transgirl who until recently lived in Maryland, here at Hypertwin Manor.

I've never done anything like this before, and I'm looking for more options.

She flew to visit a friend in Texas a couple of weeks ago (I think the friend paid for the ticket), but now her mom -- who always wanted her out of the house, disparages her constantly, and misgenders her -- is saying she can't go home.

I'm going to make my opinion very clear to you.  I don't like what you're doing and I don't approve of it, and I won't accept it.  I will just tolerate it - barely - because there's nothing else I can do about it.
-- Amber's mom, re being trans

She hasn't actually bought a return ticket yet; she could fly into RDU in ~2 weeks and I could pick her up. That part is easy

The problem is that this is bound to be a huge anxiety issue for @Harena Atria (my hypertwin aka partner), plus we won't really have a room for her until late August. (Amber is perfectly willing to sleep on the couch or the floor or whatever; it's more the awkwardness of sharing our common space with someone we barely know.)

My thinking is that Harena might be willing/able to deal with this if she knew we had a backup plan -- somewhere else for Amber to go if H's anxiety won't go away after getting to know her, or if any other substantial problems arise. As yet, though, I can't think of anyone I could ask.

Amber seems perfectly willing and able to start looking for a job as soon as she gets here, so as to support herself, and has said she'll work any job that will have her (grocery bagging, whatever) though she would be particularly qualified to work in a gaming store. She doesn't drive, but can bicycle -- I can loan her my bike for that purpose, and there's a large number of entry-level employers within biking distance (including a couple of gaming stores).

She has also clearly stated that she's willing to help with chores around the house, which is something we could really use. So this could be of great mutual benefit, if it works out.

Half the time I think I really shouldn't be taking this on, at least not now... and half the time I think it could work out. ...but even when I'm thinking it's a bad idea, I also can't not sympathize with her terror over having no place to go, no home to return to. I feel seriously torn.

I think it ultimately comes down to really needing  an exit plan, mainly for Harena's sake.

I'm looking for ideas and advice.