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Tag Archives: Affordable Housing

February 9, 2017
February 8, 2017
The Unexpected Solution to USA’s Housing Crunch

If you suggest there’s a housing crisis in the Bay Area or other major US cities, you’ll probably get a chorus of agreement. But suggest that the solution requires building more housing, and you’re kicking a hornet’s nest.

February 7, 2017
Time to Revisit Modular Housing

Joel Kotkin is not a favorite here; he doesn’t think much of new urbanism and is quite the fan of suburbia. But it is hard to argue with the initial premise of his article in the Daily Beast, where he claims that housing costs are turning American millennials into serfs.

City Strategies for Affordable Housing
International Journal of Housing Policy (abstract)

Berlin, Hamburg, Stockholm, and Gothenburg are all experiencing population growth and changing demographics; housing construction has lagged demand, leading to housing shortage and to increased housing costs.

February 6, 2017
During Tax Debate, Congress Must Remember Housing
The Hill

Anticipation is mounting as signs in Washington indicate 2017 will be the year of tax reform. While lowering tax rates and eliminating tax breaks may be helpful in many areas, it does little to help low income families that need housing.

Election Threatens Tax Credits for Low-Income Housing
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh’s Oakland Affordable Living is part of a plan to bring needed affordable housing units to one of the city’s most bustling and vibrant neighborhoods — but that plan got a little harder after the November election.

February 5, 2017
February 2, 2017
Miami Beach Considers Turning Garages Into Affordable Housing
Miami New Times

Trying to find parking in Miami Beach is not a task for the faint of heart. Between circling the gridlocked, chaotic streets and paying the exorbitant rates, it’s a godforsaken place to even take your car. But Miami Beach thinks that one day, that might be over.

The Land Value Argument Against New Housing
Market Urbanism

One common argument against new housing is that permitting it causes land to become more valuable, thus leading to higher rather than lower rents. It seems to me that this argument is unpersuasive for a few reasons.

February 1, 2017
A New Approach on Housing: Forget Neighborhood Density
Voice of San Diego

The new, seemingly bipartisan consensus is to largely admit defeat in neighborhood-level density fights and instead, just pass citywide policies that make it easier to build within the existing density.

NYC Opens Door Wide to Community Land Trusts
Next City

CLTs are community-controlled organizations formed to take collective ownership of land and shape development on that land in a way that reflects the needs and wishes of a community. New York has one of these in operation, but is wide open to allowing more to flourish.

January 31, 2017
Housing Is Infrastructure
NHC Open House

At the National Housing Conference, we’re concerned that our country’s affordable housing infrastructure is not meeting our nation’s needs, and we hope to see affordable housing included in any major infrastructure legislation.

Density’s Lament
Smart Growth Seattle

The housing fight in Seattle defies plain logic and common sense; simple and tested solutions are discarded in favor of byzantine schemes with winners and losers.

Land Hoarding Preventing Affordable Housing in Britain
The Guardian

Developers are sitting on land without building anything, then selling it on for profit – a vicious cycle that can make it impossible to create affordable homes. What can be done to stop this speculative feeding frenzy?

January 30, 2017
NYC Wastes Billions on Affordable Housing Tax Breaks

New York City wasted as much as $2.8 billion over an 11-year period on condominium apartments included in a massive affordable housing tax break program, according to a new study to be released on Monday.

January 29, 2017
Social Equity, Housing Policy Disconnect Killing Coastal Cities
Market Urbanism

The people who live in coastal urban cities tend to care deeply about equality of opportunity, and we’re willing to invest our time and money to advance that effort—even if the people we help don’t always look like us or come from the same place. And then we turn to housing.


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