Jobs-Housing Balance (PAS 516)
By Jerry Weitz
Some argue that the market is the mechanism that will achieve jobs-housing balance. Author Jerry Weitz researched four types of jobs-housing imbalance and concluded that, in fact, the market failed to achieve such balance in three of the four scenarios he lays out.
Published by APA Planning Advisory Service, 2003
Format: Paperback, 41 pp.
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Jobs-Housing Balance examines a controversial concept. Some have argued that the market is the mechanism that will achieve balance between jobs and housing. Weitz, in his research of four types of jobs-housing imbalance, concludes that, in fact, the market has failed to achieve balance in three of the four jobs-housing balance scenarios he lays out. He provides a number of case studies to support his findings, including one from King County, Washington, showing that increases in housing costs are more gradual in areas with a jobs-housing balance. This report counters the skeptics and points to those actions planners can take to help bring appropriate housing, jobs, and workforces together, resulting in overall community improvements.