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Debating preservation versus new construction when it comes to increasing housing stock

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In a recent piece for the Atlantic Monthly, writer M. Nolan Gray argues that it's time to "stop fetishizing old homes." He writes, "Whatever your aesthetic preferences, new construction is better on nearly every conceivable measure, and if we want to ensure universal access to decent housing, we should be building a lot more of it." The piece is circulating among local urbanists, developers, and preservationists who offer perspectives on different sides of the issue.

This hour, our guests debate the benefits and challenges of both preservation and new construction when it comes to increasing accessible and affordable housing. Our guests:

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.
Emmarae Stein is the production assistant for "Connections with Evan Dawson."