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Afternoon Thinkage: Do We Need to Own?

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A writer thinks maybe homeownership's not all it's cracked up to be: "Some have been advocating that the government stop subsidizing home ownership, arguing that it locks people to a place, and when the economy goes sour people need the flexibility to go where the jobs are. ... Richard Florida talks about creating national rental companies that will allow you to transfer a lease to another property and facilitate your move, instead of charging you for breaking your lease and leaving you to fend for yourself in the next town. That's similar to the way people trade in a car for the new one. Our public policy should encourage that as well." [Greater Greater Washington, via Streetsblog]