Editor: In your Jan. 3 edition, you ran a letter from Sachi Cooper [“Consider Short-Term Rent Control For The County”], which advocates for temporary rent-control measures in Arlington in response to Amazon’s arrival.

Two big questions about rent control: would it be desirable, and would the state government let us do it? I think the answers are clearly “no” and “probably not.”

The economist Assar Lindbeck said that “next to bombing, rent control seems in many cases to be the most efficient technique so far known for destroying cities.” The stupider forms of rent control give landlords an incentive to destroy their buildings, and less heavy-handed laws still damage the ability of landlords to maintain their buildings while lessening the incentive to build new units.

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