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Tag Archives: Housing

May 22, 2017
Federal Housing Programs Won’t Fund Walkable Neighborhoods
Chicago Streetsblog

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning is the official regional planning agency for northeastern Illinois, and they’re required by federal law to design and maintain a comprehensive plan which guides how some federal grants are spent in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties.

May 21, 2017
HUD Budget Slashes Housing Programs
Politico Magazine

President Donald Trump’s administration will seek to slash spending on affordable housing and community development programs, a plan that housing advocates condemned as “immoral” and a blow to voters who sent him to the White House.

Housing Constraints and Spatial Misallocation
Research Paper

Using a spatial equilibrium model and data from 220 metropolitan areas we find that these constraints lowered aggregate US growth by more than 50% from 1964 to 2009.

May 19, 2017
Taking on Nimbys in Quest for Growth

For believers in the power of urban density, it’s D-Day in California. The state’s lawmakers, realizing that they’re facing a housing crisis, are introducing a huge number of bills designed to force local governments to allow the construction of more housing.

Housing Crisis: The Vienna Alternative
Price Tags

Using Vienna as a case study, this lecture explores the relationship of affordable housing to urban planning politics and will discuss historic and current housing policies, not least in a critical cross-analysis with the Vancouver case.

May 18, 2017
Are Glass Towers an Environmental Burden
Now Toronto

During a week of torrential rain that put Toronto Islands on evacuation alert, the city’s Parks and Environment Committee was mulling over ambitious new blueprints for meeting Toronto’s 2050 climate targets.

May 17, 2017
Public Housing at the End of Its Life
New York Times

Residents hear mice rustling in the walls at night. Some occupants leave ovens on in the winter, their doors perched open, because furnaces fail. Ceilings droop from water damage, mold creeps across walls, and roaches scramble out of refrigerators.

How to Get Real Community Benefit Agreements
St. Louis Public Radio

It’s the chicken or the egg argument. Should city aldermen meet with stakeholders and then craft a bill? Or should the bill be proposed and then brought to the public for input?

May 16, 2017
May 15, 2017
An Attack on Market Urbanism
Market Urbanism

The far-left “TruthOut” web page recently published an attack on YIMBYs,* describing them as an “Alt-Right” group (despite the fact that the Obama Administration is pro-YIMBY).

May 14, 2017
High Cost of Affordable Housing Is Not CDCs’ Fault

Do you know what doesn’t help lower the cost of affordable housing? Spuriously blaming some of the organizations that are working hardest to create it in the most difficult situations, or implying that new affordable housing in booming central cities isn’t worth it.

May 3, 2017
Kotkin Believes Sprawl Will Save California
The Orange County Register

Rather than limit new construction to apartments and condos in “infill” development, California needs to build more houses, using vacant land in interior communities like the Inland Empire and the Central Valley, said Joel Kotkin.

How To Print A House

‘Everybody’s dream is you hit the button and boom, your house pops out’.

May 1, 2017
Why Malls Should Be Replaced With Housing
Seattle Transit Blog

We’ve been reading about the death of retail and shopping malls for years now, but the trend does seem to be accelerating. If there’s a silver lining (other than to Amazon’s bottom line), it’s that suburban malls present great opportunities for infill development.

April 30, 2017
Two Top Tech Cities Diverge in Housing Progress
San Francisco Business Times

Seattle and San Francisco have a lot in common, from tech-dominated economies to highly educated populations to left-of-center politics. But they couldn’t be more different in one key aspect: housing production.

April 16, 2017
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 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 5, 2017
The Edges of Home Ownership
International Journal of Housing Policy (abstract)

In many Western countries the edges of ownership form a neglected zone between the majority tenure, sustainable owner-occupation, and the minority experience, long-term renting.

March 30, 2017
Housing Must Be A Human Right
The Globe and Mail

Toronto’s overheated housing market is now being called a crisis, and evidence has been offered to support wildly divergent opinions on its causes. Some suggest it’s a problem of unprecedented demand for housing; others say it’s all about lack of sufficient supply. Actually, it’s neither.

March 29, 2017


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