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Tag Archives: Affordable Housing

January 26, 2017
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Can London’s Housing Experiment Make Cities Livable?
Fast Company Coexist

By linking housing costs to income level, not market rates, community land trusts combat gentrification and create permanent affordable housing. As a big project opens in London, can other cities follow?

The City: Loot or Living Space?
Deutsche Welle

Cities have become commodities. Speculators snap up buildings in major metropolises. Arts.21 asks how to keep cities livable. How can we be part of these decisions? 10 propositions for new housing concepts.

January 22, 2017
HUD Suspends FHA Mortgage Insurance Rate Cut
Los Angeles Times

An hour after Donald Trump assumed the presidency Friday, his administration indefinitely suspended a pending rate cut for mortgage insurance required for FHA-backed loans, which are popular with first-time home buyers and those with poor credit.

Planning Laws Are Not The Whole Housing Problem
Adam Smith Institute

Notwithstanding the huge detrimental effect of planning laws, we have laws that would allow for a lot more house building than we currently have and they aren’t utilised for political rather than legal reasons. But this is often forgotten.

January 19, 2017
How Seattle’s Well-Intentioned Planning Experiment Went Wrong
The C Is For Crank

When the city of Seattle began drafting a proposal to increase density and improve housing affordability across the city, known as the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda, or HALA, city officials knew the plan would be controversial.

Big Miami Projects Strike A Nerve
Miami Herald

Miami’s mayor said he will block a controversial seven-acre development on the city’s Upper East Side, punctuating a day of angst about over-development and gentrification in Miami’s northeast neighborhoods.

10 Housing Policies to Watch Under President Trump
City Limits

The president-elect is a real-estate developer with a track record in NYC of discriminating against black tenants and trying to flout affordable housing laws; so how will President Trump shape housing policy?

January 18, 2017
January 17, 2017
L.A. Isn’t Overdeveloped, It’s In A Housing Slump
Los Angeles Times

You’ve seen the cranes over Hollywood. You’ve read the stories about new development downtown. If these neighborhoods’ changes are any indication of growth citywide, Los Angeles is adding new housing at an unprecedented rate. Or so the people behind Measure S would have you believe.

Amsterdam’s New Housing Frontier Goes Vertical

Starved for living space amid a growing population, Amsterdam has a long tradition of creating homes in less obvious places. Now the city has turned its sights on an untapped urban space: the rooms above and behind stores.

What Can the Soviet Bloc Teach Us About Housing
City Metric

Britain is in the grip of a housing crisis – but we are not the first country to face a desperate shortage of housing. After the Second World War, the Soviet Union faced a crisis on a much larger scale. How did they solve the problem, and are there lessons for the UK?

January 16, 2017
The Ongoing Housing Crisis and the Rust Belt Revolt for the GOP

Since Donald Trump’s electoral-college victory in November, analysts have looked to the long-term economic decline and sectoral shifts of Rust Belt states as one explanation for the collapse of Hillary Clinton’s reliable “blue wall.” But is housing actually responsible?

The Radical Model Fighting the Housing Crisis
The Guardian

Community land trusts battle gentrification by linking house prices to local wages rather than the market rate. But can this growing movement for ‘permanently affordable’ homes really ease Britain’s housing crisis?

January 12, 2017
CA Governor: Affordable Housing is Local Responsibility
Streetsblog Cal

California remains in the throes of the worst housing shortage in generations and Brown’s proposed budget makes it clear that state funding of affordable housing will not be the way out of this crisis.

January 11, 2017
Miami Affordable Housing Plan May Double Some Densities
Miami Today News

Miami’s latest housing proposal could double allowed density of residential projects under certain conditions, and focuses on where there is the greatest need: workforce housing and extremely low-income housing.

Housing Supply Catching Up to Demand
City Observatory

One of the frustrations that we (and increasingly cost-burdened) renters share is the “temporal mismatch” between supply and demand. Demand can change quickly, while supply responds only slowly. But it’s increasingly apparent that housing supply is now responding.


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