Should the U.S. Allow Rent-Powered Housing?

A panelist on public radio’s Taped Lives has been living in an unfurnished apartment for the past six months. She loves it, because it’s totally messy. “I feel like everyone would say they love…

Should the U.S. Allow Rent-Powered Housing?

A panelist on public radio’s Taped Lives has been living in an unfurnished apartment for the past six months. She loves it, because it’s totally messy.

“I feel like everyone would say they love their messy apartment, but the truth is I actually do love my messy apartment,” said Lisa Graff, the host of NPR’s Taped Lives.

“In New York City, it’s rare you have even a sliver of an apartment left the way it was when you moved in.”

Graff said that living on her own, and in a foreign country while traveling, has given her something else.

“I miss the dog and I love the theater, but it’s really helped me to bond with my roommate,” Graff said.

According to the Taped Lives website, the weekly program is devoted to “quizzes and surveys that have been sent in from people who are renting somewhere different — some abroad and in different countries — and using the freedom to be creative, to embrace the quirks and benefits of homeownership.”

In a challenging economy, Graff said her own rent-controlled apartment and current lifestyle is a luxury she can afford.

“You can live this way, and I think you deserve to, because you worked your way into it,” Graff said.

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