The Libertarian Case for Single-Family Housing

Source: Liberty
by Randal O’Toole

“Surveys say that around 80% of Americans prefer or aspire to live in single-family homes, not apartments or condos. More than 80% of the populations of many states with minimal rural land-use regulation, including Delaware, Pennsylvania, Utah, and much of the Midwest, do in fact live in single-family homes. Despite this clear preference, city planners want to force most urban Americans to live in multifamily housing. … Given this clear distinction between personal preferences and government regulators, libertarians and free-market advocates should clearly come down on the side of consumer preferences. Yet a surprising number of libertarian groups, including the Cato Institute, the Mercatus Center, and Montana’s Frontier Institute, as well as notable free-market economists such as Alex Tabarrok, are joining the central planners in their attack on zoning that favors single-family homes.” [editor’s note: Libertarians and free-market advocates should clearly come down on the side of freedom, not preferential zoning – TLK] (01/24/23)

https://libertyunbound.com/the-libertarian-case-for-single-family-housing/