A main strategy in fighting climate change is reducing the vehicle miles traveled. This means Ann Arbor will have to move the city from being automotive focused to pedestrian focused. A key component of this plan is housing density.
Evan supports increased density in Ann Arbor though zoning. While housing should not be a commodity, unfortunately, the public sector cannot yet scale to meet the current demand for housing in the city. That is why Evan is proposing the expansion by right duplexes and quadplexes as well as supporting the establishment of accessory dwelling units.
Poor rental housing conditions are not treated seriously enough by the city or society in general. This is why Evan supports the formation of tenants unions.
Through collective action better living conditions can be achieved. Evan will fight to pass city legislation to protect residents from negligent landlords, unjust evictions, and ramifications that may occur in organizing tenants unions.
Increased Public Housing
Housing is a human right, and as long as we treat housing like a commodity we will never be able to house all of the people in Ann Arbor.
The term "affordable housing" is tossed around a lot by developers and politicians but, in truth, means nothing. Ann Arbor has priced those who work in town or who have lived here for generations out of our city. This is why Evan is proposing a massive expansion of publicly owned housing.
By creating new city owned units, not only will Ann Arbor increase its population (and therefore funding from the state), but can also turn a profit by charing rent that massively undercuts the outrageous prices being paid currently. And, by making them non-means tested and open to the general public, private rent rates will be decreased.
Short-term rentals have an overall negative effect on dense cities suffering from a lack of housing. That is why Evan would seek to curb serial landlords that own multiple short-term rental properties.
Evan proposes establishing a licensing process in which each individual would only be allotted one short-term rental property at any given time. This would allow for students, faculty, and part time residents to maintain extra income while limiting the negative effects of these services on the housing supply.