Eloise Lawrence Weighs In on How Luxury Developments Impact Affordability

Eloise Lawrence (’02), Deputy Faculty Director of Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, was quoted by Boston’s GBH News discussing how luxury building developments contribute to rising housing costs displacing renters (“Does Building More Luxury Housing Drive Other Rents Up or Down?” Jul. 24). “I think the evidence is pretty clear that when a neighborhood starts to have luxury housing, that causes the land values to go up around it. And as a result, the rents start to go up. . . . What we’re seeing are rents that are just astronomical when you think about people’s income and wages,” she said. “If we really want to solve the housing crisis, we should start [building] from the bottom up, not the top down.”