Santa Barbara Talks Podcast 89: Dick Flacks talks rent control, affordable housing, activism


Retired UCSB sociology professor Dick Flacks dives into the debate over Santa Barbara's proposal to create a 2 percent cap on rent increases. Flacks offers counterpoints to residential property owners who say that maximizing rent increases would hurt tenants because they would not be able to make repairs or conduct regular maintenance. Flacks makes a case for tenants and talks about ways to increase affordable housing. He says that the city should consider building on parking lots, working with other regions to take a bigger view, and work with the city's Housing Authority to acquire more land to build affordable housing projects. Flacks also explains how he believes nonprofit social housing will help to create more affordable housing.

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