Inclusionary Housing Policies

Inclusionary Zoning is a policy that states that any new buildings include a percent set aside for only low income people at rates they can afford. Some of these policies are mandatory, some allow developers to pay fees to bypass them, and others give incentives such as density increases if they agree to providing these affordable houses. This is a sharp diversion from traditional solutions to building affordable housing, which generally builds dense housing on inexpensive land far away from where jobs are. Inclusionary housing allows low income people to live in areas they wouldn’t normally be able to afford, and are more likely to be located near public transportation, jobs, and public amenities.

City-Wide Community Owned Broadband

Cities themselves can choose to create a city-wide municipal internet solution and charge much less than the large internet companies. They can also put in solutions for low income residents, such as free internet or wireless internet into their homes as a result. This allows taxpayers to control internet more as a necessary utility, as opposed to a for-profit venture. It also keeps the money in the community. The first city to do this was Chattanooga, Tennessee who saw long term savings as well as a new revenue stream from these users. They were able to reinvest that money back into their citizens, instead of sending it away to one of the big internet giants.