The Rent Is Too Damn High Party

All Things Chronic

https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/urban-activists-prod-presidential-candidates-to-talk-about-rent-022316.html

Jimmy McMillan, who founded New York’s Rent Is Too Damn High Party, was just a little ahead of his time. Raising the issue of skyrocketing rents, both before and after the financial crisis, McMillan has had the issue pretty much to himself. Now, urban activists are wondering why the issue doesn’t come up in presidential debates…

The study finds housing costs – particularly skyrocketing rents – are largely absent from the 2016 presidential campaigns…

“You would think that housing affordability would be the number one issue in this year’s presidential contest, in light of the concern candidates from both parties have shown over the plight of America’s middle class,” said Kotkin. “But nowhere amongst the campaign rhetoric do we hear anything about this nation’s very real housing crisis…

In the wake of the financial crisis, banks made it much harder to qualify for a mortgage. As a result, homes for…

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