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Utah's Housing Affordability Problem

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Wednesday, we’re exploring the problem of housing affordability in Utah. With the state's high birthrate and an influx of new workers moving to the state, it’s becoming harder and more expensive to find a place to live. 

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Wednesday, we’re exploring the problem of housing affordability in Utah. With the state's high birthrate and an influx of new workers moving to the state, it’s becoming harder and more expensive to find a place to live. So, people are moving in with roommates. The elderly are retrofitting their homes and “aging in place.” And as gentrification is transforming communities downtown, plans for dense-housing projects have riled up the suburbs. It’s a tough situation, and a panel of guests will join us to talk about it.

GUESTS

  • Babs De Lay is a broker/realtor with Urban Utah Homes and Estates.
  • Tony Semerad is a reporter for the Salt Lake Tribune covering real estate, growth, business.
  • James Wood is the Ivory-Boyer Senior Fellow at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah. His research focuses on housing, construction, real estate, and economic development.
Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.