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Tag Archives: Housing

March 20, 2017
The State’s Role in Shaping Housing Aspirations
Housing, Theory & Society (abstract)

This paper is to be read as one half of a twofold analysis of recent qualitative research on the housing aspirations of the people of Scotland, focusing specifically on the dimension of housing tenure.

Quantifying, Visualizing Jobs-Housing Balance With Big Data
Cities (abstract)

Existing jobs-housing balance studies have relied heavily if not solely on small data. Via a case study of Shanghai, this study shows how cellular network data can be processed to derive useful information for those studies.

March 19, 2017
The Fate of McMansions
Strong Towns

Business Insider recently ran an article with the misleading headline, “Americans could be killing the McMansion for good.” A more accurate header would have read, “McMansions may eventually be left for dead (but probably not for a while).”

March 16, 2017
21st Century Utopia: Cities Without Slums
CNBC

In the past decade or so, new technologies, including better land mapping, prefabricated construction and cheaper solar power, have begun bringing the costs of housing down 20 percent to 30 percent, say experts. Could this help build housing in slums?

March 14, 2017
March 12, 2017
State of California May Step In To Fair Housing Debate
California Planning & Development Report

Now that federal government seems likely to pull the plug on the federal Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, California is considering several counterveiling steps, including a state law backstopping the rule.

March 9, 2017
The Continued Growth of Multigenerational Living
Housing Perspectives

A substantial number and share of older Americans are living in “multigenerational” households, according to our analysis of recently released 2015 American Community Survey one-year population estimates.

March 8, 2017
March 6, 2017
Are Americans Finally Killing The McMansion?
Business Insider

As Americans’ attitudes toward conspicuous consumption have evolved in the wake of the recession, the suburban McMansion as we’ve come to understand it could be on its way out.

For Many, The Cities With Jobs Are Too Expensive
The Urban Edge

For years, Americans have been willing and able to pack up their belongings and move elsewhere in the country in search of better economic opportunities. But that period may be coming to a close, argues a new report by the Penn Institute for Urban Research released last month.

CA Needs More Density To Meet Climate Goals
Los Angeles Times

To meet the bold new climate change goals, California will put millions of electric cars on the road, revolutionize its dairy industry and generate half of all power from renewable sources. But those efforts will come up short, without dramatic changes to how Californians live.

March 5, 2017
March 2, 2017
Piketty, Inequality and Housing
Housing, Theory & Society (abstract)

Piketty’s monumental Capital in the Twentieth Century has shaken up political economy, and has aided in understanding inequality in capitalism and the growth in social inequality. It’s sway has also shaken up the housing world.

March 1, 2017
Housing and Poverty: A Longitudinal Analysis
Housing Studies (abstract)

Cross-sectional research suggests that the British housing system weakens the link between income poverty and housing outcomes, but this reveals little about the long-term relationships.

Realigning Housing Studies and Political Economy
Housing, Theory and Society (abstract)

The paper Capital, housing, and inequality in the 21stcentury raises critical questions for housing researchers by introducing debates from economics into the field of housing studies.

February 28, 2017
Aging Homeowners Driving Growth in Remodeling
Housing Perspectives

Homeowner spending on remodeling is expected to see healthy growth through 2025, according to Demographic Change and the Remodeling Outlook, the latest biennial report in our Improving America’s Housing series.

February 27, 2017
February 22, 2017
Measure S and the L.A.’s Horrible Status Quo
Streetsblog L.A.

But, as best I can tell, giving developers the finger by voting “yes” on Measure S would not only do nothing to change the inequitable tendencies of development, it might serve to make it worse. Which is not to say a “yes” vote isn’t tempting.

Learning From Efforts to Reduce Affordable Housing Costs
Housing Perspectives

Through reading popular literature on home construction, analyzing building trends, conducting interviews with CDC leaders, and visiting new developments in the Midwest, it became clear that CDCs were interested in pursuing three potential cost saving techniques.

February 21, 2017
Unaffordability a Problem, But Sprawl Not The Solution
Planetizen

Many households spend more than they can afford on housing and transportation, but the latest International Housing Affordability Survey is wrong to recommend sprawl as the best solution. Real solutions must reduce both housing and transport costs.

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