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Apartment life can be strangely isolating: the intimacy of removing a complete stranger’s underwear from the building washing machine; the awkwardness of silent elevator rides while rubbing elbows with a fellow tenant; the jealous pangs of hurrying alone past a cluster of happy friends sharing pizza on your stoop.

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Tag Archives: Affordable Housing

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.

April 18, 2017
As American Dream Dies, We Must Rethink Our Housing
The Architects' Newspaper

The myth that we all stand alone, propelled by our own initiative and hard work is part of that fiction. Suburbs, and the detached single-family houses of which they are comprised, reinforce it.

Measuring Informal Housing Production in California Cities
Journal of the American Planning Association (abstract)

Informal housing is a de facto source of otherwise scarce affordable housing in many locations, but also compromises health and safety and strains municipal infrastructure and fiscal health.

April 17, 2017
Houston Mayor Announces Complete Communities Initiative
The Urban Edge

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner unveiled details of his long-anticipated Complete Communities initiative Monday, three months after a federal investigation found the city had violated the Civil Rights Act by locating subsidized, low-income housing in segregated areas.

April 16, 2017
Seattle Up-Zoning Downtown, South Lake Union
The Architects' Newspaper

The proposed changes reflected the Mandatory Housing Affordability requirements of Mayor Murray’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda plan that aims to increase housing production across the city, with a special focus on the development of affordable units.

Tiny Homes’ Big Problem: Where To Put Them?
Sacramento Bee

While tiny homes, which typically range in price from $30,000 to $45,000, generate plenty of fanfare, press and excitement, locally it’s hard to find someone who lives in one. The biggest question facing owners of tiny homes: “Where do you live in it once it’s done?”

City Council Approves Austin’s First-Ever Housing Plan

The Austin City Council approved the strategic housing plan Thursday, though the document is now being called the strategic housing “blueprint.” It calls for the construction of 135,000 more housing units by 2025, with 60,000 of them being affordable.

April 13, 2017
April 12, 2017
Urban Institute Report Highlights Health, Housing Links

There have been many studies, reports, and articles throughout the years that highlight the correlation between a person’s housing and their health. That’s especially true today, where talk of the “social determinants of health” seem to be the new hot catchphrase.

April 11, 2017
Housing Advocates Clamor for Desmond’s Evicted

Matthew Desmond’s Evicted, which won the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction on Monday, is a deeply humanizing and empathetic book about poverty. And while many readers may be learning about it for the first time, its influence on housing experts has been, as far as I can tell, enormous.

Not Everyone Likes City Living, Cheaper Housing Won’t Change That

Neighborhoods within cities and across cities are often used as examples of groups segregating themselves from other groups, but there is also segregation between rural and urban areas. But some of it—or perhaps a lot of it—exists because some people don’t like city living.


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