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Tag Archives: Affordable Housing

May 8, 2017
May 7, 2017
Why Affordable Housing Is An Environmental Issue
Huffington Post Canada

Hot-button issues such as jobs, education, health, and housing get a lot of attention during elections. But treating them as disconnected fails to recognize that action or inaction on one can have serious consequences for another.

May 4, 2017
High Rent Is Bad For The Planet

The civically engaged environmentalist — that’s what you’re trying to be here — prioritizes people alongside trees and avoiding plastic straws. So: Let’s talk about where people can afford to live.

May 3, 2017
Kotkin Believes Sprawl Will Save California
The Orange County Register

Rather than limit new construction to apartments and condos in “infill” development, California needs to build more houses, using vacant land in interior communities like the Inland Empire and the Central Valley, said Joel Kotkin.

$2.5M Palo Alto Teardown Shows Perils of Single-Family Housing

A broken-down 80-year-old home in Palo Alto just sold for almost $2.6M in the latest sign of the Silicon Valley housing bubble. It’s a story that’s worth paying attention to because the poor condition of the house itself shows what’s really going on in America’s new housing crisis.

May 2, 2017
Why CA’s Housing Crisis Is Just Getting Worse
San Jose Mercury-News

The state housing department calculates that we need to add 180,000 new units a year to keep pace with population and replace units lost to fire and demolition. We’re barely building 100,000 new units a year now, and the net is only half of what we need.

A History of Urban Squatting

When Oxford University professor Alexander Vasudevan sat down to write The Autonomous City: A History of Urban Squatting, he saw immediate connections between the affordability crisis that’s hitting housing markets across the globe and the squatting movements of the 20th century.

May 1, 2017
Why Malls Should Be Replaced With Housing
Seattle Transit Blog

We’ve been reading about the death of retail and shopping malls for years now, but the trend does seem to be accelerating. If there’s a silver lining (other than to Amazon’s bottom line), it’s that suburban malls present great opportunities for infill development.

Richard Florida and Market Urbanism
Market Urbanism

In his new book, The New Urban Crisis, Richard Florida writes that part of this “crisis” is the exploding cost of housing in some prosperous cities. Does that make him a market urbanist? Yes, and no.

Poverty Has Become A Suburban Problem
Seattle Times

In the past decade — and for the first time — a majority of impoverished communities in our country are in suburban areas. This dramatic change demands we rethink the way our society and our government serve people.

April 30, 2017
Two Top Tech Cities Diverge in Housing Progress
San Francisco Business Times

Seattle and San Francisco have a lot in common, from tech-dominated economies to highly educated populations to left-of-center politics. But they couldn’t be more different in one key aspect: housing production.

April 27, 2017
April 26, 2017
Doctors Join the Fight Against Speculators

Housing crises are health crises. Toxic mold causes asthma. Lack of heat weakens immune systems. Unaffordability causes stress. Forced choices between paying the rent and paying for medical care or food lead to poor health.

April 25, 2017
Four Steps Towards An Inclusive Houston
The Urban Edge

There’s no question that the Houston housing market – especially the suburban housing market – provides opportunity for people with good blue-collar and white-collar jobs. But the big picture masks growing inequality and disparity that is at least as bad than the national average.

April 20, 2017
April 19, 2017
What If Cities Purchased, Resold Big Lots?
Strong Towns

The city of Hoboken has recently acquired land to turn into a park for about $112 a square foot. A typical block in Hoboken is about 200×400 feet. So for a similar price, the city should be able to acquire one of these blocks that they want to see redeveloped for $9M.

China To Build 2M Affordable Units in 2017
The Architects' Newspaper

China is aiming to build two million affordable housing units this year in an effort to increase access to housing across the country, senior officials from that country report.


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