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Tag Archives: Affordable Housing

July 29, 2013
Secretary Donovan Visits LA TOD
The Source

Declaring that “it takes a village to build a village” Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun L.S. Donovan thanked Metro, the City of Los Angeles, the State of California, developers and nine financing partners for the successful completion and occupancy of 92 apartment units of the Joint Development Program at Westlake/MacArthur Park during […]

July 28, 2013
The Dark Side of Tech City

A Lyft car idling at every stoplight, a smartphone in every hand – and an eviction on every block.

July 25, 2013
Housing Filtering Going on in Austin
Austin Contrarian

But developers are responding to higher rents in Central Texas. Davis says 17,000 new apartment units are under construction in the Austin-area, and another 10,500 are expected to be built. She says that could help slow the rise in rents.

Sequester Not a Big Deal Unless You’re Poor
Metro Trends Blog

The conventional wisdom seems to be that the sequester—the across-the-board budget cuts that were supposed to be such a terrible threat that they would force Congress into a budget compromise—hasn’t been as bad as predicted.

July 24, 2013
California Cities Complain About State Housing Element
San Jose Mercury News

Many cities in California are wrestling with the state’s housing element requirement, a tool used by the state in anticipation of future housing needs resulting from a projected huge increase in population.

July 23, 2013
Marin Housing Advocates Worried About Bullies
Marin Independent Journal

Social equity advocates rallied at the Marin Civic Center on Tuesday, declaring that a rising tide of angry rhetoric in Marin threatens to drown diverse voices and shut down public participation in local affairs amid bullies who boo and hiss.

July 22, 2013
July 19, 2013
Do Parking Minimums Hurt Housing Affordability?
Governing Magazine

Affordable housing is a big issue for many cities, especially top-tier urban areas like New York and Los Angeles, to name a few. And it’s only grown worse in recent years as the gap between what people can afford and what they earn has increased.

July 17, 2013
Three Keys to More Affordable Housing
Better Cities and Towns

The Sightline Institute in Seattle has published an e-book that offers three policy recommendations for affordable housing: Re-legalizing rooming or boarding houses; uncapping the number of roommates who may share a dwelling; and welcoming accessory apartments, such as in-law flats or garden cottages.

July 16, 2013
Hung Up on Gentrification? Don’t Be

In my last Rooflines post I described an approach-centering on a tax credit for families to buy substandard houses in targeted neighborhoods, fix them up, and occupy them as owner-occupants for at least five years

July 15, 2013
Paris Not for the Rich, Rent Laws
The Atlantic Cities

The term laissez-faire may be a French import, but you can’t accuse France’s new government of taking a hands-off approach when it comes to rent.

LA’s NIMBY Problem Causing Housing Problem
Curbed LA

NIMBYs are destroying Los Angeles, says economist Christopher Thornberg in an LA Times op-ed. Starting with the example of CasdenWestLA, the huge Expo Line-adjacent mixed-user that was scaled way back last month, he argues that the city’s housing shortage is a major economic threat, and that it’s all the fault of residents who refuse to […]

Investors Pushing Housing Prices Up in Central Valley
Stockton City Limits

In recent months, Central Valley housing prices have rapidly improved. In particular, Stockton has posted double-digit percentage increases in home prices over last year, better than the national average.

Demographically Mixed Housing Plans Draw Opposition
Vibrant Bay Area

Almost two decades ago, when I was living in a different state, I had a first-hand view of a land-use controversy at a destination resort. I wasn’t personally involved, but knew people who were.

July 10, 2013
Bay Area Housing Costs Rise 43%, Won’t End Well
San Francisco Business Journals

The Bay Area housing market is on fire – and we’re about to get burned. The median home price in the Bay Area ballooned by 43 percent during the past year to $620,000 in June, up from $435,000 a year ago, according to ZipRealty, the Emeryville-based online brokerage.

July 9, 2013
Rental Boom Happening in Columbus
Columbus Dispatch

A wave of 13,000 new apartments is engulfing central Ohio, offering a range of designs and locations that real-estate veterans say is unprecedented in the region.

June 27, 2013
Can Affordable Housing Stock Keep Up With Austin’s Growth
Austin Chronicle

Last month, The Office ended its nine-year run on NBC with what was ostensibly a happy ending. At least three of its main characters threw caution to the winds and left their respectable office jobs in Scranton, Pennsylvania, to start a glamorous limo-laden life at their new company … in Austin, Texas.


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