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Tag Archives: Housing

June 21, 2017
10 Surprising Findings from the State of the Nation’s Housing Report
Housing Perspectives

Given all the time and effort that goes analyzing the data and writing the report, we are so close to it that little surprises us by the time of publication. Nevertheless, here are 10 findings in this year’s report that were new and maybe even a bit surprising.

June 18, 2017
Affordable Housing Difficult For Many Texas Urban Dwellers
Texas Tribune

A new Harvard study found that Americans — especially poorer ones — are having a harder time find a suitable place to call home. Texas lawmakers, experts and development industry leaders say there are plenty of reasons why that’s true here, too.

Housing Tenure and Neighbourhood Social Capital
Housing, Theory and Society (abstract)

Using a nationally representative sample from Canada, this study explores the specific impact of housing tenure on three forms of neighbourhood social capital: bonding, bridging and linking social capital.

June 13, 2017
US Must Add 4.6M Housing Units to Keep Up?

The affordable housing crisis in the United States has many causes. A new study, commissioned by apartment industry groups, highlights how low inventory may be a contributing cause for this issue in cities nationwide.

Can ADU’s Tamp Down Excessive Housing Prices in Denver?
Denver Post

As home prices and rental rates continue to soar with little restraint across the metro area, a decidedly unsexy topic — accessory dwelling units — is generating more heat as communities look to the small living spaces on small lots for needed relief in an overheated real estate market.

June 7, 2017
How Does Housing Stock Affect Urban Revitalization?
Aaron Renn

The second of Pete Saunders’ nine reasons why Detroit failed is “poor housing stock,” particularly its overweighting towards small, early postwar cottages. Will the same problem hurt Philly in the future?

Boomers, Millennials, and the McMansions No One Wants

Millennials might be coming into their own as the nation’s biggest group of first-time home buyers, but they aren’t exactly lining up with bids in hand for those large, expensive homes in the sleepier suburbs.

U.S. Sues L.A. Over Inadequate Housing for Disabled
U.S. News & World Report

The United States has joined a lawsuit accusing Los Angeles of failing to develop affordable housing for disabled people, despite accepting millions of dollars of federal funds for that purpose, the Department of Justice said on Wednesday.

June 5, 2017
The U.S.’s Geographically Uneven Housing Recovery

A recent report complied by real estate website Trulia reveals a wildly uneven housing recovery, in which some parts of the country are seeing prices for nearly all homes above their earlier peaks, while in other areas, most homes are still far below those levels.

Miami CEOs Concerned With Lack of Affordable Housing
Miami Herald

This week’s question to the Miami Herald CEO Roundtable: How does the local affordable housing shortage impact your business? What do you think are potential solutions to workforce housing costs?

June 4, 2017
California Farm Workers Face Increasingly Hostile Communities
Los Angeles Times

The “urban farm homes” nestled along a cul-de-sac off an old farm road in Nipomo, Calif., had lofted floor plans with more than 2,500 square feet of living space — “perfect … for multi-generational living,” the advertisements boasted.

May 31, 2017
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May 29, 2017
Vienna’s Model For Housing Sanity
The Globe and Mail

No housing shortage, no waiting lists, no Ponzi scheme-like market scramble. Can Vancouver learn anything from the Austrian way?

Debunking The “Empty House” Theory
Market Urbanism

One common argument against new urban housing runs as follows: “If we build new housing, it will all be bought up by rich investors who will sit on it. So new supply doesn’t restrain housing costs.” This argument strikes me as absurd.

May 25, 2017
Finding The Right Jobs-Housing Fit

We can benefit from a clearer framework for understanding what the housing needs of the Bay Area region actually are and evaluating how housing production is meeting those needs. Jobs-Housing Fit is that framework.

May 24, 2017
Housing Plans Should Use Flood Zone Tool

As extreme weather patterns in our country become less of an anomaly, the plight of people living in storm-prone places is of increasing concern. Emotional ties to place and family history aside, many people who survive storms and must clean up and dry out with greater regularity often cannot afford any of the options to […]

Trump Wants More People with Housing Subsidies to Work
Washington Post

President Trump’s budget proposal, announced Tuesday, calls for the most dramatic cuts to the Department of Housing and Urban Development since President Ronald Reagan slashed the agency’s funding in the early 1980s and leaves a wide opening for introducing work requirements for people who receive federal housing subsidies.

May 23, 2017
Inexpensive Efficiency Renovations for Older Houses
Fast Company Design

The HouseZero project’s renovation of this nearly 100-year-old house has added windows that control the temperature by opening automatically, geothermal heating, and windows that eliminate the need for lights during the day.

Cologne Reinventing 21st Century
Urban Land Institute

Cologne, the fourth-largest city in Germany, is facing a population challenge. In recent years, the “little big city on the Rhine” has grown faster than projected, with a current population exceeding 1 million.


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