To End the Affordable Housing Crisis, Washington Needs to Legalize Main Street

Large new apartment buildings in the Shaw neighborhood in Washington have priced out longtime residents. (Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post)

Large new apartment buildings in the Shaw neighborhood in Washington have priced out longtime residents. (Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post)

Establishing by-right development and streamlining local permitting processes will allow developers to respond nimbly to market demands and will relieve the “guilty until proven innocent” status of new building development, which depresses construction starts across the country by delaying and inhibiting housing projects.

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