Thursday, October 02, 2008

The Way to End the Housing Crisis

I wrote this to my congressman. Feel free to use the text.

If this bailout bill ends up passing, I would really appreciate you including a provision to raze any house to which the government gets title. Once the house it razed, the land could then be turned over to the National Park Service to stand as a national park in perpetuity.

This would do three things: 1) Provide good jobs in the house razing industry that can't be outsoursed.

2) Reduce the number of empty pre-existing homes that are depressing the value of other homes in the surrounding area.

3) Provide needed green space that would enrich the lives of the children in the neighborhood and serve to bolster the values of homes going forward.