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It’s not that everything is going to be gentrified because of transit — that’s not what we’re arguing. But in Los Angeles, you have the highest possibility of gentrification near stations than in other areas.

Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, UCLA Magazine Online

Tag Archives: Affordable Housing

March 22, 2017
Project Seeks One-Stop Shopping For ADUs
Portland Tribune

Portland State University’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions is using the ‘Solarize’ model to make it easier to add backyard homes.

Saving Nashville’s Mixed Income Community
The Tennessean

The very success of Nashville’s redevelopment has now created the urgent need for dedicated funding for inclusive low-income housing. Fortunately there is a just, practical way to ensure that the widely-shared goal of a diverse, mixed-income neighborhood is supported.

March 21, 2017
March 20, 2017
Section 8 Fight Puts Spotlight On Minneapolis Housing Authority

The law proposed by the three council members would amend Minneapolis’ civil rights ordinances to prohibit discrimination in real estate by adding “status with regard to public assistance” to a list of factors that landlords can’t use when choosing tenants.

The High Cost of Non-Profit Subsidized Housing
Smart Growth Seattle

I’ve been pointing out the high cost of affordable housing for awhile now. I have referred to the cost by talking about the cost per unit, and highlighting the 12th Avenue Arts project on Capitol Hill in particular.

March 19, 2017
Why Not Build More Classical Architecture?
The Spectator

There is a fair amount of research suggesting that traditional architecture, such as Georgian and Victorian terraces and mansion blocks, contributes to our wellbeing. Beauty makes people happy. So why aren’t we building more of it?

Berlin’s Grass-Roots Fight Against Gentrification
New York Times

Housing prices have soared in fashionable Berlin neighborhoods like Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. Under pressure from a growing grass-roots movement, the city has put in place measures to fight gentrification.

CA Housing Bills Abound with Support for Building, Renters
Los Angeles Times

For decades, federal and state politicians have subsidized homeowners, most prominently through giving them the ability to deduct interest from their home mortgages on their taxes. Would California reverse the trend?

March 16, 2017
21st Century Utopia: Cities Without Slums

In the past decade or so, new technologies, including better land mapping, prefabricated construction and cheaper solar power, have begun bringing the costs of housing down 20 percent to 30 percent, say experts. Could this help build housing in slums?

March 14, 2017
Affordable Housing Investment Has Ripple Effects
Next City

A cut to HUD funding would have a tremendous impact on affordable housing. NLIHC estimates that if the rumored budget is enacted, 200,000 housing vouchers, 10,000 housing units for seniors and 6,800 units for people with disabilities would be lost.

March 13, 2017
Affordable Housing Is In More Places Than You Think
Seattle Times

Beyond Seattle’s skyrocketing housing prices, an affordability problem looms larger for millions of families nationwide. This is the rental prices that the lowest income encounter — and they’re brutal.

March 12, 2017
State of California May Step In To Fair Housing Debate
California Planning & Development Report

Now that federal government seems likely to pull the plug on the federal Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, California is considering several counterveiling steps, including a state law backstopping the rule.

Sacramento Won’t Fix CA’s Housing Woes
Streetsblog Cal

A report by California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office released Wednesday lays out the limits of state power to solve California’s worsening housing crisis.

L.A. Needs Housing, Not Next To Freeways
Los Angeles Times

What is the greater good? Provide plentiful and affordable housing wherever it can fit, even if it’s on a site bathed in pollutants? Or bar development along freeways to protect future residents, even if that makes it harder to ease the housing crunch?

March 9, 2017
The Continued Growth of Multigenerational Living
Housing Perspectives

A substantial number and share of older Americans are living in “multigenerational” households, according to our analysis of recently released 2015 American Community Survey one-year population estimates.

March 8, 2017
The Affordable Housing “Foreign Buyers” Argument
Market Urbanism

A common argument against new housing supply is that in high-cost cities such as New York, demand from foreign buyers is so overwhelming as to make new supply irrelevant. A recent study by two business school professors suggests otherwise.

March 6, 2017
For Many, The Cities With Jobs Are Too Expensive
The Urban Edge

For years, Americans have been willing and able to pack up their belongings and move elsewhere in the country in search of better economic opportunities. But that period may be coming to a close, argues a new report by the Penn Institute for Urban Research released last month.

March 5, 2017
CEQA An Obstacle Housing in California
San Diego Union-Tribune

By 2050, San Diego’s regional population will increase from 3.14 million to 4.07 million. Planners and environmentalists agree that infill development is the optimal way to absorb this increase. But there’s one law that’s getting in the way.

March 2, 2017
March 1, 2017
1M New Yorkers at Risk of Housing Displacement
Regional Planning Association

Regional Plan Association today released a study, Pushed Out: Housing Displacement in an Unaffordable Region, showing how rising housing costs and the growing popularity of walkable neighborhoods have put pressure on low-income residents.

Housing and Poverty: A Longitudinal Analysis
Housing Studies (abstract)

Cross-sectional research suggests that the British housing system weakens the link between income poverty and housing outcomes, but this reveals little about the long-term relationships.

February 28, 2017


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