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Tag Archives: Affordable Housing

January 10, 2017
Placing Housing Costs in Context
NHC Open House

National data on an issue like housing affordability is important to informing the creation of good federal policy. However, as with most things, the national perspective can miss the multitudes of experiences for different communities.

January 9, 2017
Ban McMansions, Legalize Rowhouses
The Urbanist

Portland, Oregon offers a model for a better housing policy that is easier for most citizens to get behind. The city not only legalized duplexes and corner-lot triplexes but also banned McMansions, which is a catchphrase for huge new luxury freestanding homes. Has it worked?

Despite Its Promise, Revitalization Takes Years
The Urban Edge

Houston will sell developers property for as little as $1, and give some first-time homeowners cash to support their down payment. It’s part of an effort to promote growth in underdeveloped, underserved areas while promoting affordability. Still, neighborhoods don’t change over night.

January 8, 2017
What Chicago Learned From Privatizing Affordable Housing
Crain's Chicago Business

It’s likely that private developers will still play a growing role in providing housing for low-income households. In that context, I have been thinking about what Chicago’s experience tells us about how private developers of affordable housing see themselves.

CA’s Lack of Housing Growth Compounding Inequality
Streetsblog L.A.

Housing affordability in California is the worst it has been in the state’s history and it’s widening the gap between rich and poor, according to a report from the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) released Tuesday.

January 5, 2017
CA’s Minimum Wage Isn’t the Problem, Housing Is
Los Angeles Times

California’s new minimum wage increase is pushing some businesses out of the state, at least according to one clothing manufacturer, who plans to move his operation to Las Vegas. But is it even worth it, if housing is out of reach for most taxpayers anyway?

January 3, 2017
January 2, 2017
Should There Be Carbon Penalties for No Growth Communities?
Los Angeles Times

Imagine having to plant a few hundred trees near the Oregon border or handing over all the money in your wallet next time your city council votes down a housing project. That is one of the ideas coming out of a new report from the California Apartment Assn.

December 21, 2016
Philly’s Low-Cost Rental Housing Disappearing
Plan Philly

Analyzing Census data between 2000 and 2014, Fed researchers find that Philadelphia lost a fifth (23,628) of its housing units that rent for $750 or less. That’s the rent range that’s “affordable” to the city’s average renter, by the authors’ estimation.

Denver Backs Away From Inclusionary Zoning
City Observatory

As of September, Denver has repealed its inclusionary housing requirement, replacing it with a new Permanent Housing Trust Fund, which will provide an estimated $15 million per year for the next decade to help acquire and rehabilitate low and moderate income housing.

December 19, 2016
A Win for NIMBYs and YIMBYs
Seattle Magazine

I can still hear my John Muir Elementary School teacher admonishing us hyperactive second graders that “haste makes waste.” Recent decisions suggest the city of Seattle could learn from that.

Can Micro-Apartments End S.F.’s Homelessness Crisis?
Fast Company Coexist

Micropad is a high-design, prefab 160-square-foot apartment. The company behind it hopes to put a building of them together so the city can help give shelter to some of its more than 7,000 homeless.

Interview: Race, Displacement, and City Planning

This week, Gothamist sat down with Hunter College urban planning professor Tom Angotti, professor of urban affairs and planning at Hunter College and an editor of Zoned Out!, a new book on the impact of government planning and housing policies on communities of color.

Ben Carson, GOP, and Subsidized Housing
The American Prospect

Last week, Ben Carson, Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, gave a talk at Yale University.

Ghost Ship Was on City Planner’s Radar
San Francisco Chronicle

Before it became known as the location of the warehouse fire that killed 36 people on Dec. 2, Oakland city planners had another name for the block of Fruitvale bounded by International Boulevard, Derby Avenue, East 13th Street and 31st Avenue.

Affordable Housing with Marijuana Revenues?
Arch Paper

A new initiative by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper seeks to divert $16.3 million in tax revenue generated from the state’s legal marijuana trade toward creating permanently affordable housing units for homeless individuals in the state.

December 15, 2016
Tax Changes Could Hurt Madison’s Housing Initiatives
Wisconsin State Journal

The prospect of major corporate tax cuts in a Trump administration is creating instability in federal tax credit markets and jeopardizing city, state and national efforts to create housing for the homeless and those with low incomes, city officials say.

December 14, 2016


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