Author and New York Times journalist Conor Dougherty joined the UCLA Anderson Forecast June 2020 Economic Outlook to discuss his new book Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America and the ongoing housing affordability crisis. Before the pandemic hit, housing affordability was a critical issue plaguing Americans—and it hasn’t gone away. In fact, in many ways, the pandemic will amplify housing shortages and unaffordability.

In his conversation with UCLA economist Edward Leamer, Dougherty posited that cities have become so expensive, service and lower income workers can no longer live near job centers. “We do not have a housing market that reflects the ability of lower income people to afford what their wages will buy,” he said. “We have this massive inversion where we look like European cities with rich neighborhoods in the core central to jobs and lower income people pushed to the fringe where they have to endure mammoth commutes.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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