The Eviction ‘Crisis’

Eviction notice for an apartment in Los Angeles, Calif., in 2009. (File photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)
Trustworthiness, though valuable, is not a luxury good.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I n the Age of Trump, the great entrepreneurs of Virtue Inc. and Character ‘R’ Us have been obliged to make accommodations. “Don’t talk to me about that fussy moral stuff — look at the economy!” the new catechism reads.

But in many cases moral issues are economic issues. Consider the so-called eviction crisis.

Evictions are up in many areas around the country, and, predictably, this is disproportionately a problem for the poor. There is a distortion in the market, and it is rooted almost entirely in government policies designed to make houses more expensive (a sop to middle-class and affluent homeowners, who