This article about the housing crisis published on the National League of Cities’ CitiesSpeak blog, and was co-authored by Carolyn Coleman, executive director of the League of California Cities and Dan Gilmartin, executive director and CEO of the Michigan Municipal League.
At first glance, the housing challenges in our two states couldn’t seem more different. California’s economy ranks as the world’s fifth largest and is home to several of the most expensive housing markets in the nation. Michigan, on the other hand, is often cited as the standard for rust belt decline. Its major cities and small towns are still recovering from the disruptions of the global economic shifts that led to deindustrialization and job loss.