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Tag Archives: Housing

February 21, 2017
How Cities Should Take Care of Their Housing Problems
New York Times

While President Trump talks repeatedly about fixing America’s inner cities, it’s a good bet that in the coming years, New York and other large metropolitan areas will need to be more self-reliant in solving pressing problems, especially low-income housing.

February 20, 2017
Louisiana May Get Texas’s Disaster Housing Idea First
Houston Chronicle

An idea for quickly rebuilding housing after disasters like Hurricane Ike was born in Texas, but it could be used for the first time in neighboring Louisiana, still reeling from catastrophic flooding last year.

February 15, 2017
NYC’s Story of the Squats
Urban Omnibus

The story of the squats of the Lower East Side — heroic acts of reoccupying abandoned buildings and violent clashes with the police — are now the stuff of myth and history.

February 13, 2017
Why Chicago’s Housing Market Doesn’t Work
Daniel Kay Hertz

Chicago’s housing market is broken, for a lot of reasons. One of them is that areas with rapidly increasing land values on the North Side restrict development in a way that makes single-family homes by far the most profitable way to use residential land.

February 7, 2017
City Strategies for Affordable Housing
International Journal of Housing Policy (abstract)

Berlin, Hamburg, Stockholm, and Gothenburg are all experiencing population growth and changing demographics; housing construction has lagged demand, leading to housing shortage and to increased housing costs.

February 6, 2017
February 5, 2017
Austin’s Missing “Missing Middle” In CodeNEXT
Austin Contrarian

I have created a table to show which building types are allowed in which of CodeNEXT’s 13 transect zones. The highlighted rows are the “missing middle” types of housing we’ve heard so much about the last four years.

February 2, 2017
Miami Beach Considers Turning Garages Into Affordable Housing
Miami New Times

Trying to find parking in Miami Beach is not a task for the faint of heart. Between circling the gridlocked, chaotic streets and paying the exorbitant rates, it’s a godforsaken place to even take your car. But Miami Beach thinks that one day, that might be over.

The Land Value Argument Against New Housing
Market Urbanism

One common argument against new housing is that permitting it causes land to become more valuable, thus leading to higher rather than lower rents. It seems to me that this argument is unpersuasive for a few reasons.

February 1, 2017
The Housing Crisis for Seniors
New York Times

Older Americans overwhelmingly live in places where car travel is a necessity. And that number is skyrocketing.

A New Approach on Housing: Forget Neighborhood Density
Voice of San Diego

The new, seemingly bipartisan consensus is to largely admit defeat in neighborhood-level density fights and instead, just pass citywide policies that make it easier to build within the existing density.

January 31, 2017
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January 24, 2017
How Bungalow-y is Chicago’s Bungalow Belt?
Daniel Kay Hertz

At City Observatory, I’ve published a new piece about the ways that urban geometry—which is really just saying “the fact that single family homes take up more space than apartments”—affects the way that neighborhood identity is formed. But it was inspired by Chicago.

January 23, 2017
Sticking Up For Snout Houses
Cedar Rapids Gazette

Cedar Rapids city officials are considering zoning changes that could place restrictions on snout houses. As the less-than-complimentary moniker implies, some folks see them as downright unattractive. But is such a zoning policy, based on mere aesthetics, frivolous?

The City: Loot or Living Space?
Deutsche Welle

Cities have become commodities. Speculators snap up buildings in major metropolises. Arts.21 asks how to keep cities livable. How can we be part of these decisions? 10 propositions for new housing concepts.

January 19, 2017
Learning From Formal and Informal Dwelling Practices
International Journal of Housing Policy (abstract)

Taking a people-centred approach, this article documents the ways in which urban dwellers contribute to the production of the urban environment in Guayaquil, the largest city of Ecuador.

January 17, 2017
Amsterdam’s New Housing Frontier Goes Vertical

Starved for living space amid a growing population, Amsterdam has a long tradition of creating homes in less obvious places. Now the city has turned its sights on an untapped urban space: the rooms above and behind stores.

What Can the Soviet Bloc Teach Us About Housing
City Metric

Britain is in the grip of a housing crisis – but we are not the first country to face a desperate shortage of housing. After the Second World War, the Soviet Union faced a crisis on a much larger scale. How did they solve the problem, and are there lessons for the UK?


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