Looking to Rent a Room? Not So Fast
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  • Hayne Hamilton

    The notion that a single resident is meant only for a single family was a temporary fad. Since the founding of the Republic, renting a room in one’s home was routine and so natural as to go unremarked at all. THis accelerated during the 30’s because of the economy and in the 40’s because of the newly transient nature of the poulation and number of miltary families with absent husbands and fathers. SO the postwar hosing boom created the vast suburbs, which as soon as NIMBY blossomed, along came politically enforced restrictions. The idea came and went in 2 generations. HH

  • What is ViaMeadia’s opinion of multiple families of third world immigrants living in single family neighborhoods?

  • Living together in one house I meant.

  • Kris
  • a nissen

    Slow news day— the WSJ beats a dead horse. WRM, et al, hopes no one will notice, they do are out for a summer nap

  • a nissen

    sorry, “they too” I feel like a snooze too.

  • a nissen

    Somewhat more news-worthy:

    Postrel beats the horse popularized by Wendell Cox (nothing new there), but does an unusually inspired job of it thanks to a new study with outstanding graphics. A commenter explains what she has left out— ‘smart growth” and its hypocritical proponents who make exceptions for themselves.

  • Jim.


    The suburbs blossomed after the rent-a-room 30’s and 40’s because compared to living in your own home with your own family, renting a room in someone else’s family because your job is four hundred miles (or more) away from your own wife and kids because that’s where your company decided to send you, is a miserable existence.

    People who don’t understand the appeal of the 50’s, the suburbs, etc, simply haven’t tried to put together and hold together a family, or have given up in despair.

  • Snorri Godhi

    Quite interesting. In the UK the problem is (or was, when I lived there) almost the opposite: while it is not illegal to live in a single-family household, people seem to be able to afford it for only a short period in their lives: those who rent, usually share; those who buy, let rooms to help pay the mortgage, and then let rooms again when the children have left home.

    I thought that there is a free market for real estate in the US, and am sorry to learn that I was wrong.

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