Housing Question: If someone moves into my city and moves up the socio-economic ladder, does local government play a role in that success? About 12 percent of the global economy and half of the U.S. economy is driven by the 20 largest U.S. metro areas. Housing Editor’s note: Welcome to What the Future Welcome to the first What the Future. We put together a lot of smart people and asked them to ask us big questions about housing. How will the future of this key sector impact your industry? Housing How will the future of housing impact your industry? Ownership has been a central part of the American Dream and a driver and shaper of our nation’s history. Housing Question: Are resident incentives the key to solving affordable housing? Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, poses a novel solution to affordable housing and we run the numbers to see if it's plausible. Hint: it is! Housing Question: Can incentives for individuals jumpstart our stagnant mobility rate? Government incentives are often offered to companies to get them to relocate to a certain city. Companies move because to places they can find the right workers. So why not offer incentives to people to get them to move? Would it work? Housing Question: Will today’s high-end urban amenities become tomorrow’s status quo? Richard Florida, one of the world's leading urbanists, thinks there is a new urban crisis. How is it impacting Millennial housing choices? Housing Question: How will your house itself make your daily life easier? Throughout this report we’ve talked about the macro-trends and the questions we should ask ourselves as we think about what comes next in housing.