The politics of housing
July 26, 2011 23:14
If government’s many detractors think they can do better job, they should offer real alternatives instead of resorting to empty populist slogans.
Housing protest in Jerusalem 311.
(photo credit:Marc Israel Sellem)
During a press conference Tuesday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Finance
Minister Yuval Steinitz and Construction and Housing Minister Ariel Attias
presented an ambitious list of long-needed reforms that have been in the making
for at least two years and are aimed at addressing the chronic market failures
afflicting our housing sector.Cutting red tape that creates interminable
delays in the construction process, freeing up more land for housing
construction, streamlining the regional planning councils and revamping the
Israel Lands Authority – an anachronistic body that controls 90 percent of the
land in the country – are all elements of what has been billed as the
“affordable housing program.”